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HIV Medication Patch Shows Promise in Early Trial
Date:10/25/2011

ecretes the right level of drug, is the ability to maintain the right level of the drug without the fluctuations observed when adherence to pills is less than perfect," Johnston said.

A patch could also be an effective way to provide medication that prevents people from getting HIV in the first place, she said.

Still, "there's a long way to go between what appears to be promising findings now and a patient's skin," she said. While patches have long been used in other kinds of medicine, researchers will still need to launch studies to test their safety and figure out if they work, she said. "The concept is a good one, but I wonder whether there are fundamental difficulties behind nobody else having successfully developed these before."

The study was scheduled to be presented Tuesday at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Research presented at medical meetings has to be viewed as preliminary because it has not gone through the peer review process required by medical journals.

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For more about AIDS, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Anthony Ham, Ph.D., director, formulations, ImQuest BioSciences, Frederick, Md.; Rowena Johnston, Ph.D., director, research, Foundation for AIDS Research, New York City; Oct. 25, 2011, presentation, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting, Washington D.C.


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