FDA Affirms HIV Daily Prevention Pill Truvada. Will It Be Approved For Usage?
Written by Instinct Staff |
Tuesday, 08 May 2012
|Tags: fda, food and drug administration, truvada, hiv, hiv prevention pill, approval|
Will Truvada become the gay male equivalent of a daily birth control pill?
Federal drug regulators announced today that taking the pill, Truvada, on a daily basis can help prevent contraction of HIV.
More after the jump.
Reviewers for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conclude that taking Truvada pre-emptively could spare individuals "infection with a serious and life-threatening illness that requires lifelong treatment."
According to The Huffington Post, a meeting will be held Thursday in which the FDA will decide whether Truvada will be approved for usage by people that are “at risk of contracting HIV through sexual intercourse." Today’s positive review suggests that Truvada will become the first drug approved to prevent HIV infection on the market.
Still, regulators stress that the pill will only be effective if users are diligent about taking it on a daily basis (much like birth control).
Dr. Rodney Wright, director of HIV programs at Montefiore Medical Center in New York says, "We know that if the person doesn't take the medication every day they will not be protected. So the concern is that there may not be adequate adherence to provide protection in the general population."