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Susanne Hafner, Sabine Haubensak, Tanusree Paul, Oliver Zolk
Background | Differences (polymorphisms) in genes encoding drug targets, drug transport proteins, or drug metabolizing enzymes may be responsible, among other factors, for the observed variation in patients' responses to medications. The field of pharmacogenetics aims to identify patients at higher genetically-determined risk of adverse effects or poor response to medication. This information would allow for modification of dosage or substitution with alternative therapy. However, there is a lack of awareness of pharmacogenetic clinical practise guidelines...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Josep M Llibre, Alessandro Cozzi-Lepri, Court Pedersen, Matti Ristola, Marcelo Losso, Amanda Mocroft, Viktar Mitsura, Karolin Falconer, Fernando Maltez, Marek Beniowski, Vincenzo Vullo, Gamal Hassoun, Elena Kuzovatova, János Szlavik, Anastasiia Kuznetsova, Hans-Jürgen Stellbrink, Claudine Duvivier, Simon Edwards, Kamilla Laut, Roger Paredes
Effectiveness data of an unboosted atazanavir (ATV) with abacavir/lamivudine (ABC/3TC) switch strategy in clinical routine are scant.We evaluated treatment outcomes of ATV + ABC/3TC in pretreated subjects in the EuroSIDA cohort when started with undetectable plasma HIV-1 viral load (pVL), performing a time to loss of virological response (TLOVR <50 copies/mL) and a snapshot analysis at 48, 96, and 144 weeks. Virological failure (VF) was defined as confirmed pVL >50 copies/mL.We included 285 subjects, 67% male, with median baseline CD4 530 cells, and 44 months with pVL ≤50 copies/mL...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
M Eulalia Valencia, Luz Martín-Carbonero, Victoria Moreno, José Ignacio Bernardino, M Luisa Montes, Rocío Montejano
OBJECTIVE: To describe the experience using the combination abacavir, lamivudine plus non-boosted atazanavir (ABC/3TC+ATV) in a group of pretreated patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study to describe baseline characteristics and the evolution of patients who had received or were treating with ABC/3TC+ATV, from November 2004 and June 15th 2015, in the clinical setting. RESULTS: Overall, 236 patients were included in the study...
October 13, 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
George W Rutherford, Hacsi Horvath
BACKGROUND: Dolutegravir (DTG) is a once-daily unboosted second-generation integrase-inhibitor that along with two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors is one of several regimens recommended by the United States, United Kingdom and European Union for first-line antiretroviral treatment of people with HIV infection. Our objective was to review the evidence for the efficacy and safety of DTG-based first-line regimens compared to efavirenz (EFV)-based regimens. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review...
2016: PloS One
Peter S Fong, Devon M Flynn, Christopher D Evans, P Todd Korthuis
Integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) have become integral antiretroviral therapy (ART) agents for treating HIV infection. We report the case of a 44-year-old male with a history of hemophilia A who developed diabetes mellitus four months after switching from abacavir, lamivudine, and efavirenz to abacavir, lamivudine, and raltegravir. Hemoglobin A1C normalized without further need for exogenous insulin after raltegravir was switched back to efavirenz. In this case report, we will review a possible mechanism for INSTI-induced hyperglycemia and/or diabetes mellitus...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Jesús Troya, Pablo Ryan, Esteban Ribera, Daniel Podzamczer, Victor Hontañón, Jose Alberto Terrón, Vicente Boix, Santiago Moreno, Pilar Barrufet, Manuel Castaño, Ana Carrero, María José Galindo, Ignacio Suárez-Lozano, Hernando Knobel, Miguel Raffo, Javier Solís, María Yllescas, Herminia Esteban, Juan González-García, Juan Berenguer, Arkaitz Imaz
OBJECTIVES: Based on data from clinical practice, we evaluated the effectiveness and safety of switching to abacavir/lamivudine plus rilpivirine (ABC/3TC+RPV) treatment in virologically suppressed HIV-1-infected patients. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, non-controlled, retrospective study of HIV-1-infected patients who switched treatment to ABC/3TC+RPV. Patients had an HIV-RNA <50 copies/mL for at least 24 weeks prior to changing treatments. The primary objective was HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL at week 48...
2016: PloS One
David A Khan
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a relatively common cause of morbidity and mortality. Many factors can contribute to ADRs, including genetics. The degree to which genetics contributes to ADRs is not entirely clear and varies by drug, as well as the type of ADR. Pharmacogenetics and, more recently, pharmacogenomics have been applied to the field of ADRs for both predictable ADRs and hypersensitivity drug reactions. Evaluations for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and thiopurine S-methyltransferase are commonplace clinical tests to reduce hematologic problems associated with drugs, such as dapsone and azathioprine, respectively...
October 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Jaime Galindo, Pedro Amariles, Héctor F Mueses-Marín, Jaime A Hincapié, Sebastián González-Avendaño, Ximena Galindo-Orrego
BACKGROUND: Generic drug policies are often associated with concerns about the quality and effectiveness of these products. Phase IV clinical trials may be a suitable design to assess the effectiveness and safety of generic drugs. The objective of this study was to describe the effectiveness and the safety of the generic abacavir/lamivudine and efavirenz in treatment-naïve HIV-infected patients. METHODS: A monocentric, nonrandomized, open-label, phase IV study in treatment naïve HIV-infected patients 18 years or older with indication to receive abacavir/lamivudine and efavirenz were recruited from a program that provides comprehensive outpatient consultation and continuing care...
October 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
F Raffi, S Esser, G Nunnari, I Pérez-Valero, L Waters
In an era when most individuals with treated HIV infection can expect to live into old age, clinicians should proactively review their patients' current and future treatment needs and challenges. Clinical guidelines acknowledge that, in the setting of virological suppression, treatment switch may yield benefits in terms of tolerability, regimen simplification, adherence, convenience and long-term health considerations, particularly in the context of ageing. In this paper, we review evidence from six key clinical studies on switching virologically suppressed patients to regimens based on integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs), the antiretroviral class increasingly preferred as initial therapy in clinical guidelines...
October 2016: HIV Medicine
Mark de Boer, Guido van den Berk, Natasja van Holten, Josephine Oryszczyn, Willemien Dorama, Daoud Ait Moha, Kees Brinkman
OBJECTIVE: Dolutegravir (DGV) is one of the preferred antiretroviral agents in first line cART. Though considered a well-tolerated drug, we aimed to determine the actual rate, timing, and detailed motivation of stopping DGV in a real life clinical setting. DESIGN: a cohort study including all patients that started DGV in two HIV treatment centers in the Netherlands. METHODS: All cART-naïve and cART-experienced patients who had started DGV were identified from the institutional HIV-databases...
September 24, 2016: AIDS
Pasquale Pagliano, Tiziana Ascione, Maria Aurora Carleo, Giovanni Boccia, Francesco De Caro, Fabio Tortora
Incidence of brain infections in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive patients is reduced after the availability of current high active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (HSV-2) is an infrequent cause of encephalitis in HIV patients despite it is frequently involved in sexual transmitted infections. Here, we report a case of HSV-2 encephalitis occurring in a patient without full suppression of HIV replication within the brain. A 38 year-old HIV infected man was admitted to our department because of recurrent generalized seizure and fever during the previous 24 hours...
September 1, 2016: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Lee Faulkner, Andrew Gibson, Andrew Sullivan, Arun Tailor, Toru Usui, Ana Alfirevic, Munir Pirmohamed, Dean J Naisbitt, B Kevin Park
A number of serious adverse drug reactions are caused by T-cells. An association with HLA alleles has been identified with certain reactions, which makes it difficult to develop standardized preclinical tests to predict chemical liability. We have recently developed a T cell priming assay using the drug metabolite nitroso sulfamethoxazole (SMX-NO). We now report on reproducibility of the assay, establishment of a biobank of PBMC from 1000 HLA-typed volunteers, and generation of antigen-specific responses to a panel of compounds...
September 16, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Paul de Boissieu, Moustapha Dramé, François Raffi, André Cabie, Isabelle Poizot-Martin, Laurent Cotte, Rodolphe Garraffo, Pierre Delobel, Thomas Huleux, David Rey, Firouzé Bani-Sadr
Data on the long-term efficacy and safety of abacavir/lamivudine (ABC/3TC) and nevirapine (NVP) are scarce. This combination has the advantage of simplifying treatment and improving long-term tolerance. The aim of this study was to compare the rate of any discontinuation of antiretroviral (ARV) regimen because of virologic failure (VF), and/or adverse drug reaction (ADR) among patients receiving stable ARV regimens for at least 6 months.ABC/3TC/NVP was compared to ABC/3TC with either ritonavir-boosted darunavir (DRV/r) or ritonavir-boosted atazanavir (ATV/r), unboosted ATV, or tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) with either one of the following: ATV/r, unboosted ATV, DRV/r, efavirenz (EFV), or NVP, in the French prospective multicenter Dat'AIDS cohort...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Silvia A Guillemi, Sean H Ling, Julia S Dahlby, Benita Yip, Wendy Zhang, Mark W Hull, Viviane Dias Lima, Robert S Hogg, Ronald Werb, Julio S Montaner, Marianne Harris
INTRODUCTION: Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)-associated renal dysfunction may abate when TDF is replaced with abacavir (ABC). The extent to which the third drug atazanavir contributes to renal dysfunction is unclear. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on adults who had plasma viral load (pVL)<200 copies/mL for≥six months while receiving TDF/lamivudine (3TC) - or TDF/emtricitabine (FTC)-based antiretroviral therapy (ART), then switched to ABC/3TC while retaining the third drug in the ART regimen...
2016: Journal of the International AIDS Society
Junjun Jiang, Xi Xu, Wenqin Guo, Jinming Su, Jiegang Huang, Bingyu Liang, Hui Chen, Ning Zang, Yanyan Liao, Li Ye, Hao Liang
BACKGROUND: The first-generation integrase inhibitors (INIs) raltegravir (RAL) and elvitegravir (EVG) have shown efficacy against HIV infection, but they have the limitations of once-more daily dosing and extensive cross-resistance. Dolutegravir (DTG, S/GSK1349572), a second-generation drug that overcomes such shortcomings, is under spotlight. The purpose of this study is to review the evidence for DTG use in clinical settings, including its efficacy and safety. METHODS: PubMed, EMbase, Ovid, Web of Science, Science Direct, and related websites were screened from establishment until July 2013, and scientific meeting proceedings were manually searched...
2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
Laura Comi, Franco Maggiolo
INTRODUCTION: Since the last revision of both European and American guidelines (EACS and DHHS), new data from clinical trials and cohort studies, as well as experience in clinical practice, have prompted significant changes to the list of recommended/preferred options for the treatment of HIV infected patients, highlighted the role of INSTI-based regimens. Dolutegravir (DTG) in combination with abacavir/lamivudine (ABC/3TC) is one of these preferred regimens in multiple clinical scenarios, including treatment-naive and treatment-experienced patients...
October 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
R R Lilian, B Mutasa, J Railton, W Mongwe, J A McINTYRE, H E Struthers, R P H Peters
South Africa's paediatric antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme is managed using a monitoring and evaluation tool known as TIER.Net. This electronic system has several advantages over paper-based systems, allowing profiling of the paediatric ART programme over time. We analysed anonymized TIER.Net data for HIV-infected children aged <15 years who had initiated ART in a rural district of South Africa between 2005 and 2014. We performed Kaplan-Meier survival analysis to assess outcomes over time. Records of 5461 children were available for analysis; 3593 (66%) children were retained in care...
September 9, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Adrian Curran, Jhon Rojas, Alfonso Cabello, Jesús Troya, Arkaitz Imaz, Pere Domingo, Esteban Martinez, Pablo Ryan, Miguel Górgolas, Daniel Podzamczer, Hernando Knobel, Félix Gutiérrez, Esteban Ribera
OBJECTIVES: To describe the effectiveness and safety of an abacavir/lamivudine + rilpivirine regimen in naive HIV-1-infected patients, as there is a lack of data with this combination. METHODS: This was an observational, retrospective, multicentre study in eight Spanish hospitals. All antiretroviral-naive patients ≥18 years old and starting abacavir/lamivudine + rilpivirine were included. Effectiveness (ITT and on-treatment) and safety (adverse events and laboratory parameters) were assessed during follow-up...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
M Biagi, M E Badowski, T Chiampas, J Young, M Patel, P Vaughn
We report the use of elvitegravir 150 mg/cobicistat 150 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg (EVG/COBI/TDF/FTC) once daily, in addition to once-daily atazanavir (ATV) 300 mg, in treatment-experienced patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Due to limited data available on the co-administration of these agents, our objective was to evaluate and monitor safety and efficacy of this regimen in patients who developed resistance or intolerance to conventional antiretroviral therapy (ART)...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Philip Lackey, Anthony Mills, Felix Carpio, Ricky Hsu, Edwin DeJesus, Gerald Pierone, Cassidy Henegar, Jennifer Fusco, Gregory Fusco, Mike Wohlfeiler
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The standard of care for HIV treatment is a three-drug regimen consisting of two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and either a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, a protease inhibitor (PI) or an integrase strand transfer inhibitor. Darunavir boosted with ritonavir (DRV/r) is the only preferred PI in the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) HIV treatment guidelines for antiretroviral-naïve patients, recommended in combination with tenofovir/emtricitabine for antiretroviral-naïve patients...
September 1, 2016: Clinical Drug Investigation
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