Scientists testing revolutionary new drug against HIV

Posted on Saturday, Jun 10 2006 @ 17:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new drug called PA-457 is going to be tested this month on patients whose existing drug regimes are failing:
“In a small trial the drug rapidly cleared most HIV from the blood, driving down levels tenfold in a matter of hours”The trial planned for this month is intended to discover how the drug performs as part of a combination treatment with other anti-HIV drugs, which is a more realistic situation. Forty-eight patients whose existing drug regimes are failing will receive either PA-457 or a placebo in addition to their standard drugs. There are plans to try the drug along with new regimes tailored to individual patients, though Allaway warns that larger trials are needed and PA-457 will not reach the market until 2009 at the earliest.
More details over at NewScientist.


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