Is A New HIV-Prevention Drug Worth The Extra Cost?

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Open bottle of prescription Truvada PrEP
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In 2012, the FDA approved the drug Truvada, the brand-name HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that HIV negative people can take to prevent contracting the virus. The patent for Truvada is due to expire, which would allow for more generic versions of the drug. But Gilead, the manufacturer of Truvada, is releasing a second brand name PrEP called Descovy.  

Physician Rochelle Walensky, who is chief of the infectious disease division at Massachusetts General Hospital, is an author on a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that weighed the financial and accessibility impact that this new drug will have for patients. 

Further Reading

  • Read the study in Annals Of Internal Medicine.
  • Learn more about the study in the New York Times.

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Rochelle Walensky

Rochelle Walensky is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

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