Creating a free account will enable you to subscribe to our daily and weekly email newsletters, as well as customize your reading experience to show only the categories most relevant to you.
Signing up only take a few minutes, so why not give it a try and see what you've been missing out on.
"The switch from branded to generic antiretrovirals would place us in the uncomfortable position of trading some losses of both quality and quantity of life for a large potential dollar savings.
By estimating the likely magnitude of these offsetting effects now - before generic antiretrovirals actually hit the shelves - we can confront our willingness as clinicians, patients and as a society to make these difficult choices."
"Diverting patients from the most effective, branded treatment alternative could be made more acceptable if the savings were directed to other HIV-related needs. For example, fewer than half the state-funded AIDS Drug Assistance Programs include the effective protease-inhibitor-based treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV), which infects up to 25 percent of HIV-infected individuals. We calculated that, for every 15 patients switched to the generic-based regimen, one who is also infected with HCV could be treated and potentially cured of that infection."
"There's no getting around the fact that savings from generics will only be realized if we deliberately route patients away from the most effective, branded treatment alternative," she stresses. "This is a trade-off that many of us will find emotionally difficult, and perhaps even ethically impossible, to recommend. All of us - consumers, providers and advocates - would be far likelier to embrace such a policy change if we knew the savings would be redirected towards other aspects of HIV medicine."
Copyright: Medical News Today
Not to be reproduced without the permission of Medical News Today.
Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH; Paul E. Sax, MD; Yoriko M. Nakamura, BA; Milton C. Weinstein, PhD; Pamela P. Pei, PhD; Kenneth A. Freedberg, MD, MSc; A. David Paltiel, PhD; and Bruce R. Schackman, PhD
Ann Intern Med. 15 January 2013;158(2):84-92
Economic Savings Versus Health Losses: The Cost-Effectiveness of Generic Antiretroviral Therapy in the United States
Visit our Public Health category page for the latest news on this subject.
Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:
Nordqvist, Joseph. "Switching To Generic HIV Drugs Could Save The U.S. Billions." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 16 Jan. 2013. Web.
10 Mar. 2014. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254972>
Nordqvist, J. (2013, January 16). "Switching To Generic HIV Drugs Could Save The U.S. Billions." Medical News Today. Retrieved from
Please note: If no author information is provided, the source is cited instead.
If you write about specific medications, operations, or procedures please do not name healthcare professionals by name.
For any corrections of factual information, or to contact our editorial team, please use our feedback form. Please send any medical news or health news press releases to:
Note: Any medical information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with a health care professional. For more information, please read our terms and conditions.
This page was printed from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254972.php
Visit www.medicalnewstoday.com for medical news and health news headlines posted throughout the day, every day.
© 2004-2014 All rights reserved. MNT (logo) is the registered trade mark of MediLexicon International Limited.