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HIV and AIDS: Antiretroviral Drugs, Treatments and Medications (cont.)

HIV Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitors

The first available drug in this class is RAL and represents a new drug in a new class that appears to be very potent at suppressing HIV in all patients who have never been on this drug or other integrase inhibitors in development. It was initially approved for treatment-experienced patients with drug-resistant virus. It is also now approved for those starting therapy for the first time. The approved dose of RAL is 400 mg twice daily.

Brand Name Generic Name Manufacturer
Isentress raltegravir Merck & Co., Inc.

Multi-Class Combination Drugs

Multi-class combination drugs are comprised of components of other antiretroviral drugs into a single pill.

Brand Name Generic Names Manufacturer
Atripla efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead Sciences

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