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One in Four Surveyed EU5 Physicians Has Been Required to Change a Prescription for Some or Most of Their HIV Patients in the Past Twelve Months, Primarily to Reduce Costs
Date:6/18/2013

BURLINGTON, Mass., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, over the past 12 months, 25 percent of surveyed physicians from the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) have been required to change the antiretroviral (ARV) prescription for some or most of their HIV patients, primarily to reduce costs. Additionally, more than 40 percent of respondents report that changing prescriptions is strongly encouraged or that they give preference to lower priced ARVs. These findings reflect the tightening healthcare budgets throughout the EU5 as over 20 percent of surveyed physicians indicate that their budgets for ARV treatments have decreased in the last year.  

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The new European Physician and Payer Forum report entitled The Approaching Cliff: How Will the Availability of Generic Antiretrovirals Impact the EU5 Prescribing and Reimbursement Landscape for Current and Emerging Brands in HIV? finds that surveyed physicians currently prescribe once-daily, single tablet regimens (STRs), such as Gilead/Bristol-Myers Squibb's Atripla and Gilead/Janssen's Eviplera to more than 40 percent of their HIV patients. Furthermore, despite cost containment efforts from payers and the upcoming generic availability of some STR components, the convenience of one pill dosed once daily, the recent launch of Gilead's integrase inhibitor-based STR Stribild, and the anticipated availability of ViiV's 572-Trii will drive respondents to expand use of STRs to half of the
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