The FDA just approved generic Truvada, and the implications are immense

It’s a game-changing move that’s come as something of a shock to HIV advocates: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved a generic version of Gilead’s antiretroviral drug Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine).

What that means as far as what the drug will cost is still up in the air, but it’s bound to have significant implications for consumers as well as insurers.

 

Poz reports the approval allows Teva Pharmaceuticals to produce a generic version of the drug, which is used as a component of HIV treatment as well as pre-exposure prophlyaxis (PREP.) It would come in the same form as the current brand name version: a fixed-dosed combo tablet.

Talking to Poz, Jeffrey S. Murray, MD, MPH, deputy director of the Division of Anti-Viral Products at the FDA, says:

“Yes, the first generic for Truvada has been approved and will now be available in the U.S. Usually, it takes several generics before full cost-savings potential is reached though. Hopefully, this will help to expand PrEP availability for many.”

 

Read more at: Queerty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gay Men in Seattle Are Now Less Likely to Contract HIV Than Before

 A new examination of data has shown that over generations gay men in Seattle are less likely to be infected by HIV now than previously, but racial disparities still exist. The data was presented at the International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, according to AIDS Map, and indicated that there has been a significant drop in HIV infections among gay men. 
Though the data only show numbers for a small population,  they are an interesting way of looking at the history of the history of HIV and AIDS among gay men.

Read more at www.hivplusmag.com.

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