New AIDS Drug - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/12/06

New AIDS Drug

It is a huge step forward for people living with AIDS and HIV today.  The FDA approved the first ever once a day treatment, making it easier and more likely that patients will actually take their medication to fight the aids virus.

The new drug, Atripla, combines three already FDA approved drugs into a single pill taken once a day.

"It will help you get good control of your virus, will give us the opportunity, will give the patients the opportunity, of having effective therapy," said Dr. Murray Lumpkin the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Internel.

In the past, some patients have been forced to follow a regimen of as many as thirty-six pills a day, that's why experts say Atripla, just one pill a day, was on the fast track with the FDA. Approved in just three months.

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