AIDS Drug Regimens Considered Too Hard to Follow
March 16, 2001
According to a survey by Savitz Research, HIV patients are having a difficult time complying with their drug regimens and are anxious to be able to take fewer and more effective drugs. The survey, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, revealed that 62 percent of the 292 HIV-infected individuals questioned reported having some difficulty keeping up all the drugs they must take, with many citing the number of pills required, side effects, and food restrictions as key factors behind their problems. According to Dr. Charles Farthing of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, absolute compliance is necessary in order to suppress the virus and protect against mutations that could lead to the development of drug-resistant strains of HIV.
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