difference in the colour of the medication

Question

Hi Dr Young, recently we purchased the Truvada and Isentress from Thailand Bumrungrad hospital. The colour of Truvada is lighter than usual a without the 701 imprinted on one side of the medication while Isentress is grey. Can you please help me understand why there is this difference, is it because Thailand comes under special access program? I need to start taking the medications soon but am holding off until i get some concrete answers. Please help.

Answer

Hello and thanks for posting.

I think that you're entirely correct. Because the medications that you're receiving from Thailand are manufactured under special license, the pills are colored (or marked) differently- to distinguish them from the brand name pills made in the US or Europe.

Hope that helps. BY