Engsig, Frederik N2; Gerstoft, Jan3; Helleberg, Marie2; Nielsen, Lars Nørregaard2; Kronborg, Gitte3; Mathiesen, Lars R2; Obel, Niels3
1 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 unknown3 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet
BACKGROUND: To assess the impact on virological outcomes of a switch from branded single-tablet regimen (STR) including tenofovir, efavirenz, and emtricitabine (STR-TEE) to generic triple-tablet regimen (TTR), including tenofovir, efavirenz, and lamivudine (TTR-TEL), which was implemented on April 1, 2011 to obtain economic savings. METHODS AND FINDINGS: From the Capital Region of Denmark (covering two-thirds of the Danish HIV patients), we included combination antiretroviral therapy (cART)-naive patients who administered STR-TEE from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 (n = 111) or TTR-TEL from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 (n = 56) and cART-experienced HIV patients who were on STR-TEE from April 1, 2010 (n = 356) or were switched from STR-TEE to TTR-TEL after April 1, 2011 (n = 512). We estimated the fraction with detectable HIV-RNA, development of the 184V/I resistance mutations, and time to switch of cART. Approximately 96.2% of cART-experienced patients on STR-TEE were shifted to TTR-TEL after April 1, 2011. For the naive STR-TEE and TTR-TEL patients, the fractions with detectable HIV-RNA at week 48 were 7.0% and 8.3% and for the cART experienced 4.0% and 4.4%, respectively. The 184V/I resistance mutation was detected in 1 cART-experienced patient on TTR-TEL with virological failure. The risk of switch to a new cART regimen was slightly increased in the cART-experienced population (difference in 1-year risk: 1.5%; 95% confidence interval: -2.4% to 5.4%). CONCLUSIONS: In settings comparable with the Danish health care system, the estimated economic savings from a switch from STR-TEE to TTR-TEL can be realized with negligible short-term risk of adverse outcomes.
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999), 2014, Vol 66, Issue 4, p. 407-413
Adult; Anti-HIV Agents; CD4 Lymphocyte Count; Denmark; Drug Administration Schedule; Drug Combinations; Female; HIV Infections; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Treatment Outcome; Viral Load