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Abbott's Kaletra(R) Tablet Dosed Once-Daily or Twice-Daily Demonstrated Similar Clinical Results Across Race and Gender Lines
Date:8/5/2008

The most common moderate/severe related adverse events in the once-daily and twice-daily groups respectively were: diarrhea (17 percent versus 15 percent), nausea (seven percent versus five percent), vomiting (three percent versus four percent), and increased triglycerides (two percent in both groups). There was no statistical difference between the groups.

-- At week 48, the overall impact of Kaletra, dosed once-daily or twice-daily, on grade 3-4 lab abnormalities, including cholesterol and triglycerides, the liver enzymes, SGOT/AST, and creatinine clearance was similar.

-- At week 48, there was a statistically significant difference in the increase of total cholesterol between the once-daily and twice-daily group.

About Abbott's Commitment to Fighting HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a global problem that demands shared commitment and shared responsibility. Abbott is committed to working with governments, multilateral organizations, nongovernmental organizations and patient groups to expand access to HIV treatments around the world. Abbott has also made significant investments in expanding manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for HIV treatment in developing countries.

Abbott's lopinavir/ritonavir formulations are among the lowest-priced protease inhibitors in the developing world. Abbott has been providing its HIV medicines at a price of US$500 per adult patient per year in all African and least developed countries since 2002, making these medicines more affordable than any generic copies.

Abbott and the company's philanthropic foundation, Abbott Fund, have invested more than US$100 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa and the developing world. Abbott Fund-supported programs have served more than 700,000 children and families. In addition, more than 250,000 patients have been tested through Abbott Fund-supported voluntary counseling and testing programs, with thousands being referred to treatment programs. Abb
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