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FDA Approves New HIV Treatment
Date:5/20/2011

py. In addition, persons who failed therapy with Edurant developed more drug resistance than patients who failed efavirenz.

The most commonly reported side effects in patients taking Edurant included depression, difficulty sleeping (insomnia), headache and rash. Fewer patients stopped taking the drug due to side effects as compared to patients taking efavirenz.

Edurant does not cure HIV infection. Patients must stay on continuous HIV therapy to control HIV infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.

Edurant is manufactured by Raritan, N.J.-based Tibotec Therapeutics, a division of Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc.

For more information:

FDA: HIV and AIDS Activities

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/byAudience/ForPatientAdvocates/HIVandAIDSActivities/default.htm

FDA: Antiretroviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV infection

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForPatientAdvocates/HIVandAIDSActivities/ucm118915.htm

CDC: HIV/AIDS

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.htm

HHS: AIDS News and Resources

http://www.aids.gov/

AIDS Information

http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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