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Tweaking Treatment

Tweaking Treatment


Ever wondered what the top reason is for switching from an initial antiretroviral regimen? Turns out it's the adverse side effects linked to the medications, according to a study of more than 3,400 U.S. HIV patients by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute. More than 600 of the patients changed their first-line treatment because of toxicity issues. Other common reasons to change medications included noncompliance, treatment failure, high pill burden, and poor viral control, say the researchers. Reason for Stopping: Percentage Reporting ''Drug toxicity: 18.4% ''Noncompliance: 13.4% ''Treatment failure: 7.5% Source: HIV Medicine

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