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Friday, October 12, 2007

FDA Approves New HIV Drug

posted by on October 12 at 16:57 PM

(From the AP Wire):

The government approved a novel anti-AIDS pill on Friday, offering a new option for hard-to-treat patients.

Manufacturer Merck & Co. said Isentress should be on pharmacy shelves within two weeks.

The AIDS virus uses three different enzymes to reproduce and infect cells. Numerous drugs are available that target two of those enzymes, called protease and reverse transcriptase.

Isentress is the first in a new class of medicines that blocks the third enzyme, called integrase. Added to “cocktails” of other HIV medicines, the drug can lower the amount of HIV in the blood and help infection-fighting immune cells rebound.

HIV mutates rapidly to resist various treatments, and the Food and Drug Administration approved use of Isentress in patients over age 16 whose blood tests show they are resistant to common older medications.

Side effects include diarrhea, nausea, headache and itching.

Patients take Isentress, also known as raltegravir, twice a day. A Merck spokeswoman said the drug would cost $27 a day, or $9,855 a year—in the range of other competitors.

It is the second novel HIV drug to win FDA approval in two months. Pfizer Inc.’s Selzentry works by yet another method, blocking a passage that HIV often uses to enter white blood cells.

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...Just another slow poison in the fight against homosexuality.

Posted by BallardDan | October 13, 2007 8:04 AM

Patients take Isentress, also known as raltegravir, twice a day. A Merck spokeswoman said the drug would cost $27 a day, or $9,855 a year—in the range of other competitors.

Ka-ching!! $$$!

Swallow your poisons, gay guys!

And remember to never take the haloes off of the scientists, doctors and drug companies that you've got them floating over. They care about you...really, they do!

Posted by BallardDan | October 13, 2007 8:34 AM

More drugs. Drugs drugs drugs drugs...what would we gay boys do without them. Illicit drugs to get sick; they come in the lifestyle pack we get when we arrive in the ghetto.

Then we get sick. But it’s not the drugs…oh no it’s a virus of course. Yes a new virus that only really likes dark skinned people and us. How sweet!

So then we get the licit drugs, prescribed by those sexy sexy sexy sexy sexy daddy doctors who are so hot hot hot in that white coat, and we love them so much and they love us so much right back.

And here we have a new one to add to the stash.

Keep on munching them drugs boys, and that slogan we used to chant:

We’re here.
We’re queer.
Get used to it.

Remember it? Well, we have to change it to a new one soon, which goes like this:

We’re here.
We’re queer and extremely dumb.
So don’t worry too much we are just passing through, we will all be dead soon.

Queer love & Big Pharma. It reminds one of Romeo and Juliet. Brings tears to the eyes…

Posted by Manu | October 13, 2007 10:32 AM

Right. Because an early death from a horrible wasting disease is soooo much better than living a normal life-span free of pain, suffering, and the loss of mental capacity and bodily functions.

Posted by COMTE | October 13, 2007 10:41 AM

I amd 1000's of others manage just that without drugs; licit or illicit, as well as without pain, suffering and los of mental capacity and bodlily fuctions. But they don't talk about us...we don't sell for big pharma, or give the right queer image which is to be a victim.

We wised up.

Posted by Manu | October 13, 2007 12:14 PM

Part 1: What part of pain-free life does this fall under?

What's that from? That lovely, life-saving "aids" drug that's handed out to all the pregant girls in Africa - Nevirapine. But that's a life-saving drug! Right?


You tell me:

Look it up - EuroSCAR Nevirapine Study. See what you can find.

Part 2: What part of "horrible wasting disease" do you see in this disclaimer:

* “At present there is no recognized standard for establishing the presence or absence of antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 in human blood.”

* “The risk of an *asymptomatic [not chronically ill] person with a repeatedly reactive [positive serum sample developing AIDS or an AIDS-related condition is not known“

* “Clinical studies continue to clarify and refine the interpretation and medical significance of the presence of antibodies to HIV.”

The presence of What? There are no Standards, dummy. That's been expressed clearly already. So the presence of What? Antibodies to What?

What's the source of this disclaimer? The tests themselves.

Please, use the drugs if you want to. Don't if you don't.

We used to have something in this country called "informed consent." That's gone though, when face to face with the Aids mafia.

Posted by LS | October 13, 2007 3:44 PM

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