A European green light for a new AIDS treatment

On Friday, the European Medicines Agency gave the green light for an injectable treatment for AIDS, setting a precedent that could change the lives of millions of people with HIV or seropositive.

The treatment consists of a combination of two antiretrovirals, and it can be given to the patient once a month or two months, instead of taking daily medication pills to contain the disease, as the agency explained in a statement, noting that these two antiretrovirals are the “first” that have been found to have an effect. Long term “by injection.

She explained that “the patients will receive intramuscular injections once every month or two months instead of the daily medicine tablets.”

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The agency’s recommendation to allow this treatment to be marketed must obtain approval from the European Commission in order for it to be put on the market in the EU’s 27 countries.

The agency indicated that the combination of the two antiretroviral drugs Rilpivirin and Capotegravir, which will be sold under the names “Recampase” and “Vocabria”, helps in “preventing the ability of the virus to reproduce.”

The number of people living with AIDS in the world reached 38 million in 2019, including 2.3 million in Europe, according to the World Health Organization. There is no cure for this disease yet, but antiretrovirals can control virus progression and help prevent transmission.

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