Mosam A, Cassol E, Page T, Bodasing U, Cassol S, Dawood H, Friedland GH, Scadden DT, Aboobaker J, Jordaan JP, Lalloo UG, Esterhuizen TM, Coovadia HM. 2005. Generic antiretroviral efficacy in AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS (London, England). 19(4):441-3. Pubmed: 15750399


Generic antiretroviral drugs are pivotal in the implementation of WHO's '3 by 5' programme. However, clinical experience with generics in sub-Saharan Africa is insufficiently documented. We report on 50 patients with HIV-associated Kaposi's sarcoma treated with generic fixed-dose highly active antiretroviral therapy. At 52 weeks, 74% achieved an undetectable viral load of < 50 copies/ml, 86% achieved < 400 copies/ml, and a 3.1 log10 decline from baseline. Side-effects were minimal. The outcomes support the use of generic antiretroviral therapy.

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David Scadden’s laboratory is dedicated to discovering the principles governing blood cell production, with the ultimate goal of guiding the development of therapies for blood disorders and cancer.

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