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FDA Approves Truvada Which Claims to Reduce Risk of HIV Infection: VIDEO


The FDA today approved  Gilead Sciences' pill Truvada as a preventive measure for people who are at high risk of acquiring HIV through sexual activity, the AP reports:

TruvadaPublic health advocates say the approval could help slow the spread of HIV, which has held steady at about 50,000 new infections per year for the past 15 years.

An estimated 1.2 million Americans have HIV, which develops into AIDS unless treated with antiviral drugs. An estimated 240,000 HIV carriers remain unaware of their status.

Gilead Sciences has marketed Truvada, which can cost up to $14,000 a year, since 2004 as a treatment for people who are already infected with the virus.

Writes the FDA in a press release:

As part of PrEP, HIV-uninfected individuals who are at high risk will need to take Truvada daily to lower their chances of becoming infected with HIV should they be exposed to the virus. Again, PrEP indication means Truvada is approved for use as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy that includes other prevention methods, such as safe sex practices, risk reduction counseling, and regular HIV testing.

As a part of this action, FDA is strengthening Truvada's Boxed Warning to alert health care professionals and uninfected individuals that Truvada for PrEP must only be used by individuals who are confirmed to be HIV-negative prior to prescribing the drug and at least every three months during use to reduce the risk of development of resistant HIV-1 variants. The drug is contraindicated for PrEP in individuals with unknown or positive HIV status.

Watch Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases discuss the drug with PBS Newshour's Ray Suarez, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. From making a profit off treatment to making a profit off prevention. way to go America.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jul 17, 2012 7:32:40 AM

  2. You clearly know so much about the subject, you’ve covered so many bases.
    Great stuff from this part of the internet. Again, thank you for this blog.

    Posted by: tarots gratuits | Jul 17, 2012 7:47:17 AM

  3. So you're taking a drug with possible side effects that costs a lot of money so you can have unsafe sex and possibly (not definitely) prevent catching HIV? Uh, no thanks.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 17, 2012 8:29:08 AM

  4. Obviously, long-term treatments, not a one time cure, are gravy-trains for pharmaceuticals, researchers, even middle-men like lawyers and accountants. And if these treatments have negative side-effects that requires taking even more drugs, so much the better. Sometimes cynicism is just the truth.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 17, 2012 9:56:45 AM

  5. Well, apparently curing a virus isn't THAT hard to do, because that's exactly what polio was, yet we cured it about4 40-50 years ago...with tremendously less technology than we have now. Hell, we can find the Higgs Boson, but curing a disease is "incredibly difficult"?

    Most people like money, and when you see the amount of dollars drug companies rake in...they're not doing it for public service, that's for sure.

    Posted by: Jakub | Jul 17, 2012 1:39:03 PM

  6. The intermittency of taking this drug will have the same effect as antibiotics being prescribed for the common cold: a super bug never to be conquered, at all.

    Posted by: CVP | Jul 17, 2012 1:45:55 PM

  7. Wonderful. So they can prevent it, and rather than care more about preventing and eliminating the virus from our society they want to make bank.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 17, 2012 3:56:44 PM

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