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Expanded Access to Tenofovir

By Sean R. Hosein

October 9, 2001

Tenofovir, also known as Viread, is a type of anti-HIV drug called a nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor. Tenofovir is not a major breakthough -- it is not as potent as, say, the protease inhibitor indinavir (Crixivan). However, the advantage with tenofovir is that it only has to be taken once a day. Tenofovir will likely be approved for use only in people who have previously used anti-HIV medications. Until then, the manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, is making tenofovir available at no cost for physicians to give to some people with HIV/AIDS in the following countries: Gilead will consider requests for tenofovir from physicians in Canada for their patients with the following profile: For more information about the tenofovir expanded access program or to register patients in Canada and the U.S., physicians can phone: 1.877.226.8802. Physicians in Europe can call this number:

Registration materials can be requested online by visiting the Gilead website at:

A CATIE fact sheet about tenofovir is under development and will be available shortly.

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