Combination Drugs Fight HIV

Two new combinations of medications have been approved to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Patients with HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) usually need to take three or more drugs from different classes simultaneously.

Epzicom™ (GlaxoSmithKline) combines abacavir 600 mg (Ziagen®) and generic lamivudine 300 mg (Drug Epivir®). Truvada™ (Gilead) is a fixed-dose combination of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg (Viread®) and emtricitabine 200 mg (Emtriva®).