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New Fixed-Dose Combination Treatment Options for HIV Infection: How Do They Compare? An Expert Discussion

  • Authors: Presenters: Brian A. Boyle, MD, JD, and Calvin J. Cohen, MD; Moderator: Michael S. Saag, MD
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinical personnel providing frontline care for persons with HIV/AIDS.

The goal of this activity is to provide clinicians involved in the care of patients with HIV/AIDS with an expert discussion of key data and issues concerning the labeling, selection, and use of 2 newly approved fixed-dose combination products for the treatment of HIV infection (tenofovir/emtricitabine and abacavir/lamivudine).

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of once-daily antiretroviral therapy
  2. Review data concerning the safety and efficacy of 2 newly approved fixed-dose combination products for the treatment of HIV infection (tenofovir/emtricitabine and abacavir/lamivudine)
  3. Describe current guidelines, clinical data, and expert recommendations regarding the use of once-daily fixed-dose nucleoside/nucleotide backbones in antiretroviral-naive and -experienced patients


Author(s)

  • Brian A. Boyle, MD, JD

    Brian Boyle, MD, Associate Professor, Weill Medical College of Cornell University ; Attending Physician, New York Presbyterian Hospital -- Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Brian A. Boyle, MD, JD, has disclosed that he has received grants for educational activities from and served as an advisor or consultant for Gilead Sciences, and has also served on the speaker's bureau and as a consultant for GlaxoSmithKline, Vertex, Abbott, MSD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Tibotec, and Virco. Dr. Boyle does not discuss any investigational or unlabeled uses of commercial products in this activity.

  • Calvin J. Cohen, MD, MSc

    Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Calvin J. Cohen, MD, has disclosed that he has received grants for clinical research and grants for educational activities from, as well as served as an advisor or consultant for, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott, and Boehringer Ingelheim. Dr. Cohen does not discuss any investigational or unlabeled uses of commercial products in this activity.

  • Michael S. Saag, MD

    Professor of Medicine; Director, AIDS Outpatient Clinic, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Michael S. Saag, MD, has disclosed that he has received grants for clinical research and/or has served as an advisor or consultant for Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer/Agouron, Roche, Schering-Plough, Shire Pharmaceutical, Tanx, TherapyEdgem Tibotec/Virco, Trimeris, Vertex, and ViroLogic. Dr. Saag has served on the speaker's bureau for all of the above. Dr. Saag does not discuss any investigational or unlabeled uses of commercial products in this activity.


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  • Approved for 1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education for RNs, LPNs, LVNs and NPs. This activity is cosponsored with Medical Education Collaborative, Inc. (MEC) and Medscape. MEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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CME/CE

New Fixed-Dose Combination Treatment Options for HIV Infection: How Do They Compare? An Expert Discussion

Authors: Presenters: Brian A. Boyle, MD, JD, and Calvin J. Cohen, MD; Moderator: Michael S. Saag, MDFaculty and Disclosures
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Welcome and Introduction

  • Craig Sterritt: Good evening, everyone. I'm Craig Sterritt, Editor of Medscape HIV/AIDS, and I'd like to welcome you to tonight's CME Live expert discussion, entitled "New Fixed-Dose Combination Treatment Options for HIV Infection -- How Do They Compare?"

    This CME/CE activity has been made possible by an unrestricted educational grant by Gilead Sciences.

    Before we begin, I'd like to take a few moments and go over the format of our program. Dr. Michael Saag will be serving as our expert moderator, and he will frame our discussion with a brief introduction/overview about new fixed-dose treatment options for HIV infection; he will then introduce our 2 speakers, Dr. Brian Boyle and Dr. Cal Cohen, who will be speaking about fixed-dose abacavir/lamivudine and tenofovir/emtricitabine, respectively.

    After these 2 product-specific overviews, we'll move on to a moderated discussion of questions and topics relevant to the use and selection of these new treatment options. And, during the course of the program, we'll pause briefly to ask and to then share the results of 2 audience polling questions.

    We'll then conclude with a Q&A session, so we invite our participants to send us questions by using the interface box at the bottom left of your screen. Submit a question at any time during the presentation.

    And, finally, for those of you who wish to obtain CME or CE credit for this activity, just follow the link that appears in the pop-up window at the very end of the program. This will take you to the post-test.

  • Slide 2 -- Welcome and Introduction -- Craig Sterritt -- Editor and Program Director -- Medscape HIV/AIDS

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