The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of didadosine (ddI), lamivudine (3TC), and efavirenz (EFV). This was a follow-up to the VESD study, a 12-month open-label, observational, multicenter study of adult patients with HIV infection who started antiretroviral treatment with the ddI-3TC-EFV once-daily regimen. Of the 167 patients originally included, 106 patients remained on the same triple therapy at the end of the study (1 year), and they were offered an extra 24 months of follow-up; 96 were enrolled in this study (VESD-2). Seventy patients out of the initial cohort were still on the same regimen at month 36, with 97% of them with plasma viral load <50 copies /ml. An intention-to-treat analysis showed that the percentage of patients with plasma viral load <50 copies/ml was 73% at 36 months. CD4 cell counts increased 344 cells/microl over the 36 months. Safety and tolerance were good with no unexpected long-term toxicity. After 3 years of treatment with ddI-3TC-EFV, more than 40% of the patients were still receiving the initial antiretroviral therapy with sustained, durable immunovirological benefit and good acceptance. Long-term toxicity and virological failure were low.
The authors conducted a prospective, noncontrolled, cohort study on 544 human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients treated either with a protease inhibitor (PI), atazanavir/lopinavir, or with a nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), efavirenz/nevirapine. Patients who had virological failure, clinical signs of toxicity, or a risk of pharmacokinetic interactions were identified as having medication-related problems (MRPs), and they were scheduled for TDM of the PIs or NNRTIs. Cases with drug levels outside the range were subjected to intervention, and a second determination of plasma levels and viral load was scheduled to assess their response to the intervention.
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the adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy was improved with the application of the proposed pharmacological strategy to avoid side effects and dangerous drug interactions.
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To determine the factors associated with reduced response to etravirine among patients with virological failure.
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After 1 year-HAART, the viral load was decreased to the lowest limit of detection in 90.34% patients (t=2.61, P<0.01), and CD4+ T cell counts were increased from 170.187±132.405/ μl to 796.014±158.491/ μl (t=3.17, P<0.01). The levels of ALT and AST were elevated (t=2.02, P<0.05), while the ALT and AST levels in patients receiving nevirapine (NVP) based HAART increased from 18.28±13.74 U/L and 24.23±8.09 U/L to 55.35±22.40 U/L and 69.97±26.72 U/L, respectively(t=3.80,t=4.11;Ps<0.01). The increment of ALT and AST in NVP based HAART were significantly higher than that in the efavirenz based HAART (ALT:46.28±13.35 U/L vs 37.70±15.25 U/L and AST:19.53±7.23 U/L vs 1.25±0.21 U/L, respectively; t=4.53, t=5.79; Ps<0.01), particularly in patients co-infected with HIV/HBV/HCV (ALT:54.32±22.85 U/L vs 16.89±14.42 U/L and AST:41.71±19.26 U/L vs -3.44±15.59 U/L, respectively; t=3.42, t=2.98, Ps<0.01).
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Abstract Development of drug resistance mutation patterns (DRMP) in HIV after treatment failure depends on the drugs used in the failing regimen. However, selected patterns may not be unique; there is evidence that selection of DRMP for nelfinavir is dependent on subtype and/or background polymorphisms. Here we describe the selection of DRMP in a mother and son infected with subtype CRF06_cpx by mother-to-child transmission. Four years after delivery the mother received stavudine/lamivudine/nelfinavir as first-line therapy. Genotypic resistance tests (GRT) during follow-up showed selection of M184V/L283I in reverse transcriptase (RT) and H63Q/A71V/L90M in protease (PR). The child started treatment 8 months after birth with stavudine/didanosine/nelfinavir followed by an intensification period with efavirenz. Due to toxicity, efavirenz was removed from the regimen again. GRT during follow-up showed selection of L74V/K103N/M184V/M230L in RT and M46I/H63Q/N88S in PR. The viral load (VL) of the mother was initially undetectable followed by intermediate replication (1000-21,000 copies/ml), whereas the child had both periods of undetectable VL and low-level replication. Although both patients were infected with the same virus and treated with the same protease inhibitor, different DRMPs were selected. Whether the nucleoside backbone, course of antiretroviral therapy, or different host environment is responsible for this variability must be determined in larger studies.
HAART-induced mixed hyperlipidaemia is likely to increase the cardiovascular risk. According to first estimates, the 3-year risk of myocardial infarction amounts to 1.29 - 2.09 % for our patient. The 3-year risk of HIV progression to AIDS or death is > 30 % if HAART is stopped or fails upon switching due to unknown archived drug resistance. Thus, despite unsatisfactory lipid profiles, a modification of HAART seems only acceptable, if new, equally potent, but less lipidaemic drug combinations are available.
The incidence of HIV/AIDS is increasing worldwide and in the Middle East. In this study, we analyzed the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART), the patterns of CD4 and viral load (VL), and stage of presentation.
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The median observation time was 404 (14-740) days. There was no vertical HIV transmission (95 %-confidence interval [CI] 0-5.1 %). Among 6 children without prenatal ART one child with congenital diaphragmatic hernia was born. In 53 infants with prenatal ART we observed 19 congenital malformations (35.8 %, 95 %-CI 23.2-50.6 %). Three were severe malformations (5.7 %, 95 %-CI 1.2-15.5 %): one supraorbital hemangioma (after zidovudine), one athetoid cerebral palsy without evidence of mitochondrial dysfunction (after zidovudine), and one unilateral femoral hypoplasia (after short term zidovudine, lamivudine, and efavirenz in late pregnancy). Sixteen minor malformations were found (30.1 %, 95 %-CI 21.2-43.8 %): ventricular septal defect (closed spontaneously after 6 months), atrial septal defect, transient and persistent pulmonary stenoses, hexadactylies, unilateral hearing impairment, dystopic kidney, subependymal bleeding cysts, and mild dilation of ventricles.
We compared reasons for the choice of regimen, time to and reasons for third drug modification, virological response and change in CD4 T-cell counts in patients started on atazanavir/ritonavir (ATV/r)- vs. efavirenz (EFV)-based first-line regimens.
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We compared total BMD changes over 96 weeks in 106 ART-naive HIV-infected subjects who were randomized to receive efavirenz (EFV) + zidovudine/lamivudine (n = 32) or lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) + zidovudine/lamivudine induction (n = 74) for 24-48 weeks followed by LPV/r monotherapy. We also sought to identify factors associated with BMD loss, including markers of systemic inflammation [soluble tumor necrosis factor-alpha receptors (sTNFR I and II)].
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Azatanavir is a protease inhibitor (PI) approved for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Atazanavir is a substrate and inhibitor of cytochrome P450 isozyme 3A and an inhibitor and inducer of P-glycoprotein. It has similar virologic efficacy as efavirenz and ritonavir-boosted lopinavir in antiretroviral-naive individuals. Its impact on lipids is less than other PIs and it is suitable for those in whom hyperlipidemia is undesirable. Ritonavir boosting of atazanavir enhances the bioavailability of atazanavir but may result in some elevation of lipids and is recommended for treatment-experienced patients and those receiving efavirenz or tenofovir. Ritonavir-boosted atazanavir has similar antiviral activity as ritonavir-boosted lopinavir in both antiretroviral therapy-naive and -experienced patients. Atazanavir causes unconjugated bilirubinemia in over 40% of patients but results in less than 2% discontinuations. Atazanavir is licensed for once-daily use and atazanavir/ritonavir competes with lopinavir/ritonavir as the most commonly prescribed PI.
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In antiretroviral therapy-naive patients, raltegravir with TDF/3TC had potent antiretroviral activity, which was similar to efavirenz/TDF/3TC and was sustained to week 96. Raltegravir was generally well tolerated; drug-related AEs were less frequent in patients treated with raltegravir compared with efavirenz.
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It is well known that NVP has a good penetration in anatomic compartments that could explain a deep control of virus replication in some compartments and consequently decrease the residual level of viral load. The clinical relevance of having a viral load below 1 copy/ml has now to be studied for example on systemic inflammatory or immune activation markers.
Mutations in the connection domain (CD) of reverse transcriptase have been implicated in reverse transcriptase inhibitor (RTI) resistance, but this is controversial and little is known in non-B subtype HIV-1. We determined CD mutations prevalence in a population infected predominantly with CRF02_AG and investigated associations with phenotypic RTI resistance. Detected CD mutations were G335D (82.3%), A371V (69.8%), E399D (9.4%), N348I (5.2%), V365I (4.2), Y318F (2.1%), G333E (2.1%), and A360V (2.1%). Mutations were largely polymorphic and did not confer RTI resistance. The observed trend toward reduced likelihood of etravirine or nevirapine resistance in the presence of G335D should be investigated further.
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From October 2009 to August 2012, 171 HIV-infected patients, including 18 with TB, were enrolled 113 (66.1%) with CYP2B6 G516G, 55 (32.2%) GT, and 3 (1.8%) TT genotype. Patients receiving rifampicin had a significantly lower median plasma efavirenz concentration than the control group (2.16 vs 2.92 mg/L, P = 0.003); however, all patients achieved target plasma concentration (>1 mg/L). Patients with GT or TT genotype had a significantly higher plasma concentration than those with GG genotype (2.50 vs 3.47 mg/L for GT genotype and 8.78 mg/L for TT genotype, P<0.001). Plasma efavirenz concentration >4 mg/L was noted in 38 (22.2%) patients, which was associated with a lower weight (per 10-kg increase, odds ratio, 0.52; 95% confidence interval, 0.33-0.83) and GT or TT genotype (odds ratio, 4.35; 95% confidence interval, 1.97-9.59) in multivariate analysis.
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Variables included in this analysis were total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (LDL-C), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (HDL-C), TC/HDL ratio, and triglycerides at baseline and week 48.
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Of the 135 HIV-TB patients, who were receiving rifampicin based ATT, 68 were selected randomly to receive efavirenz based ART and 67 to receive nevirapine based ART. The virological failure rates in the overall population, and the nevirapine and efavirenz groups were 14.1% (19/135); 14.9% (10/67) and 13.2% (9/68), respectively (p =0.94). No significant difference was found between the groups in the rate of clinical, immunological or virological failures. The overall mortality was 17% with no significant difference between the two groups. Except for the lead in period on day 14, the mean nevirapine concentration remained above 3 mg/L. No association was found between plasma levels of nevirapine and incidence of unfavourable outcomes in this group.
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Development of human immunodeficiency virus resistance mutations is a major cause of failure of antiretroviral treatment. We develop a recursive partitioning method to correlate high-dimensional viral sequences with repeatedly measured outcomes. The splitting criterion of this procedure is based on a class of U-type score statistics. The proposed method is flexible enough to apply to a broad range of problems involving longitudinal outcomes. Simulation studies are performed to explore the finite-sample properties of the proposed method, which is also illustrated through analysis of data collected in 3 phase II clinical trials testing the antiretroviral drug efavirenz.
SummaryWe report the use of efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg, once daily in a 47-year-old black man with a solitary kidney and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In 1990, he underwent radiation, chemotherapy, and ultimately, a unilateral nephrectomy for Wilms' tumor. Because of previous reports of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-induced nephrotoxicity, our objective was to evaluate and monitor our patient's renal function over the course of 19 months based on serum creatinine, estimated creatinine clearance using the Cockroft-Gault equation, estimated glomerular filtration rate using the modification of diet in renal disease formula and urinalyses. After experiencing gastrointestinal side effects from other antiretroviral agents, our patient was switched to efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in June 2013. At baseline, his serum creatinine was 1.35 mg/dL, estimated creatinine clearance 68.7 mL/min (based on actual body weight of 71.8 kg), estimated glomerular filtration rate 72.9 mL/min/1.73 m(2), with a CD4 cell count of 119 cells/mm(3) (5%) and an undetectable HIV viral load. In March 2015, his weight was 73.2 kg, serum creatinine 1.42 mg/dL, estimated creatinine clearance 65.2 mL/min, estimated glomerular filtration rate 68.1 mL/min/1.73 m(2), with a CD4 cell count of 120 cells/mm(3) (10%) and an undetectable HIV viral load. Other authors have reported tenofovir-induced nephrotoxicity in patients with a solitary kidney. Our patient had no evidence of nephrotoxicity over the course of 19 months on tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based antiretroviral therapy (ART). He maintained adequate renal function, comparable to his baseline renal function. Our case report suggests that a tenofovir disoproxil fumurate-based ART may be a viable option for some patients with a solitary kidney. Additional studies and data are needed considering this is a small and relatively unstudied population.
HIV-infected patients had a higher prevalence of insulin resistance (IR) and risk of diabetes mellitus (DM) than that observed in healthy controls, but there are no data about the current prevalence considering the changes in HIV presentation and the use of newer antiretroviral drugs.
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Preliminary evidence in an animal model, that is, primary cultures of rat microglia cells, suggested that some antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), namely darunavir, atazanavir, efavirenz, and nevirapine, increase NO production through a mechanism involving the inhibition of arginase (ARG) activity. This study was conceived to investigate the effects of ARVs on ARG activity in a human experimental model. We compared CHME-5 human microglial immortalized cells under basal conditions with cells exposed to either IL-4, a mix of inflammatory cytokines, or both stimuli given together. We also tested the effects of ARVs on CHME-5 cell lysates after exposure to the above stimuli. Moreover, the interaction between the ARVs and ARG was investigated via computational chemistry. We found that ARVs consistently inhibit ARG activity both in intact and lysed cells. In docking studies, darunavir and atazanavir showed similar scores compared with both l-arginine and the ARG antagonist nor-NOHA. Efavirenz and nevirapine, which are less potent in inhibiting ARG in the biochemical assay, also had lower scores. In conclusion, the present findings in a human model support the notion that ARG pathway can present a new, additional molecular target for different ARVs in HIV treatments. We found that antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) consistently inhibit arginase (ARG)-I activity both in intact and lysed cells. In docking studies, darunavir (DRV) and atazanavir (ATV) showed similar scores compared to both l-arginine and the ARG antagonist, Nω-hydroxy-nor-arginine (nor-NOHA). Efavirenz (EFV) and nevirapine (NVP), which are less potent in inhibiting ARG in the biochemical assay, also had lower scores. In conclusion, the present findings in a human model support the notion that ARG pathway can be envisioned as an additional and new molecular target of different ARVs in HIV treatments.
At the interim analysis on June 14, 2002, when the last patient randomized completed 24 weeks of double-blind treatment (median follow-up time of 42 weeks), patients in the emtricitabine group had a higher probability of a persistent virological response < or =50 copies/mL vs the stavudine group (85% vs 76%, P =.005). This was associated with a higher mean CD4 cell count change from baseline for the emtricitabine group (156 cells/ microL vs 119 cells/microL, P =.01 [of note, there was no statistical difference at 48 weeks [P =.15], although a sensitivity analysis, using an intent-to-treat population with the last CD4 cell count observation carried forward to week 48 showed a difference [P =.02]]). The independent data and safety monitoring board recommended offering open-label emtricitabine based on the interim analysis. The probability of persistent virological response < or =50 copies/mL through week 60 was 76% for the emtricitabine group vs 54% for the stavudine group (P<.001). The probability of virological failure through week 60 was 4% in the emtricitabine group and 12% in the stavudine group (P<.001). Patients in the stavudine group had a greater probability of an adverse event that led to study drug discontinuation through week 60 than did those in the emtricitabine group (15% vs 7%, P =.005).
Both drug switches and complete regimen change were uncommon in patients cotreated for TB-HIV with the chosen regimen. Patients with severe immunosuppression need to be monitored carefully, as they were most at risk for treatment failure requiring regimen change.
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The present article aims at contextualizing the first Brazilian experience with compulsory licensing, which functions as a defense mechanism to prevent excessive pricing by holders of patents. According to this mechanism, a government can authorize a third party to explore the patented object (in this case a drug) without previous consent from the patent holder. On May 4, 2007, Brazil officially issued compulsory licensing of the antiretroviral drug efavirenz for public, non-commercial use. Initially, generic versions of the drug were purchased from laboratories in India. The next step was the manufacture of efavirenz by Farmanguinhos, official pharmaceutical laboratory (Fundação Osvaldo Cruz). It is concluded that the decision made by the Brazilian government to issue compulsory licensing of efavirenz was correct, taking into account the projected savings of US$ 236.8 until 2012 and the guarantee of availability of efavirenz, the most usual free antiretroviral treatment provided in Brazil.
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To evaluate the anti-HIV-1 activity of the cyclotriazadisulfonamide CADA against primary isolates in vitro and the combination of CADA with approved anti-HIV drugs for potential synergy.
The primary goal of antiretroviral sequencing is to extend maximal viral suppression for as long as possible by avoiding the selection of a multidrug-resistant virus. It is likely that lamivudine or emtricitabine will be an unavoidable component of any initial regimen because of their efficacy, tolerability and convenience of administration. The risk of selecting a nucleotide excision or the 65R mutations is minimised with abacavir plus lamivudine or tenofovir plus emtricitabine when they are combined with boosted protease inhibitors (PIs) or efavirenz. These dual-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor backbones (NRTIs) also have the major advantage of their low potential for mitochondrial toxicity, which may contribute to the long-lasting suppression of viral replication by avoiding treatment interruptions due to drug toxicity. Neither PIs nor non-NRTIs (NNRTIs) cause mitochondrial injury, but the initial use of boosted PIs has the advantages of avoiding the selection of class-resistant variants and reducing the risk of selecting for NRTI resistance, thus preserving a wider range of subsequent treatment options. Although the question is still controversial, NNRTIs may best be used as second-line options in both simplification and salvage regimens. The optimal timing for starting entry inhibitors during the course of HIV disease has not yet been fully elucidated.
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This was a phase 1 pharmacokinetic drug interaction trial. Each healthy volunteer received two 400 mg doses of bedaquiline, the first alone and the second with concomitant steady-state efavirenz. Plasma pharmacokinetic sampling for bedaquiline and its N-monodesmethyl metabolite was performed over 14 days after each bedaquiline dose. Steady-state efavirenz pharmacokinetics were also determined. Efavirenz metabolizer status was based on CYP2B6 composite 516/983 genotype.
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A randomized, double-blind, multicenter phase IIb/III study with an open-label extension phase.
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Compared with EFV/TDF/FTC, DTG+ABC/3TC increased lifetime costs by $58,188 and per-person survival by 0.12 QALYs, resulting in an ICER of $482,717/QALY. In sensitivity analyses testing conservative assumptions about EFV/TDF/FTC's efficacy beyond the trial period, ICERs comparing DTG+ABC/3TC to EFV/TDF/FTC remained high (lowest reported ICER of $365,662/QALY). In a scenario in which the price of EFV/TDF/FTC was reduced by 10% to reflect the potential for price reduction as EFV goes off patent, DTG+ABC/3TC's ICER compared to EFV/TDF/FTC was $600,916/QALY. When DTG+ABC/3TC's price was reduced by 10%, the resulting ICER comparing DTG+ABC/3TC to EFV/TDF/FTC was $302,171/QALY.
The risk ratio for virologic failure for SMT compared to continued PI was 1.06 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.58-1.92; test for homogeneity P = 0.01] for SMT, 2.56, (95% CI, 1.17-5.64) for abacavir, 0.83 (95% CI, 0.36-1.91) for efavirenz and 0.54 (95% CI, 0.29-1.02) for nevirapine. The risk ratio for premature discontinuation of therapy with SMT was 0.61 (95% CI, 0.48-0.77; test for homogeneity P < 0.10). The difference in absolute mean cholesterol for SMT compared to continued PI was -0.15 mmol/l, (95% CI, -0.40 to 0.09; test for homogeneity P < 0.01) for SMT, -0.51 mmol/l (95% CI, -0.70 to -0.33) for abacavir, 0.22 mmol/l (95% CI, 0 to 0.43) for efavirenz and -0.19 mmol/l (95% CI, -0.48 to 0.09) for nevirapine.
A computer-based, deterministic cost-effectiveness model was used to assess a broad range of economic inputs and health outcomes. From the societal perspective, the cost effectiveness of HAART and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis was compared with cotrimoxazole alone, and with the period before either intervention. Data for 24 months were derived from a trial of home-based HAART in 1045 patients in the Tororo District in eastern Uganda. Costs and outcomes were projected out to 15 years. All costs are in year 2004 values. The main outcome measures were HAART programme costs, health benefits accruing to HAART recipients, averted HIV infections in adults and children and the resulting effects on medical care costs. The first-line HAART regimen consisted of standard doses of stavudine, lamivudine, and either nevirapine or, for patients with active tuberculosis, efavirenz. Second-line therapy consisted of tenofovir, didanosine and lopinavir/ritonavir. For children, first-line HAART consisted of zidovudine, lamivudine and nevirapine syrup; second-line therapy was stavudine, didanosine and lopinavir/ritonavir.
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Immediate ART initiation does not improve outcome in patients presenting with HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis. There were significantly more grade 4 adverse events in the immediate ART arm, supporting delayed initiation of ART in HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis. Clinical Trials Registration. ISRCTN63659091.
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When combined with tenofovir/emtricitabine in treatment-naive patients, raltegravir exhibited durable antiretroviral activity that was noninferior to the efficacy of efavirenz through 96 weeks of therapy. Subgroup analyses were generally consistent with the overall findings. Both regimens were well tolerated.