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IAS 2015: The TPP and Access to HIV and HCV Treatment [VIDEO]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, now under consideration, will heavily impact the availability of medications for HIV and viral hepatitis, both in middle-income countries and in high-income countries such as Canada that rely on generic drugs, advocates said at a Médecins Sans Frontières media briefing at the recent 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver.

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BHIVA 2015: HIV Treatment Outcomes No Better with Single-tablet Regimens than Individual Pills

One-pill-a-day HIV treatments such as Atripla, Stribild, Complera, and Triumeq and Triumeq have the same rates of virological failure, drug resistance, and side effects as multiple tablet regimens, according to a meta-analysis presented to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference this week in Brighton. Single tablets cost the UK National Health Service (NHS) 5 five times more but have unproven clinical benefits, said Andrew Hill of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

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HIV Medical Providers Call for Fair Drug Pricing to Expand Access to Treatment

Practitioners from the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) delivered a joint statement to pharmaceutical company executives this week, asking the industry to reconsider its pricing for antiretroviral drugs so that more people in the U.S. and worldwide are able to access treatment. alt

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UNAIDS: More than 7 Million Africans on HIV Treatment, Deaths Continue to Fall

The number of people in Africa receiving antiretroviral medications increased from less than 1 million in 2005 to an estimated 7.1 million in 2012, according to a new report from UNAIDS. The report also notes that AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have both fallen by about 30% over the past decade.  alt

 

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DHHS Implements Common Application for HIV Patient Assistance Programs

A common application that allows people with HIV to apply for financial assistance for drugs from multiple companies went into effect on September 12, 2012. Individuals should now be able to obtain a complete antiretroviral regimen with a single form.alt

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