Juluca for HIV Now in Pharmacies

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Complicated multi-pill regimens are treatments of the past for many chronic health issues, and HIV is no exception. Pharmaceutical companies are realizing that more is not better and are developing less complex treatments to increase patient adherence.   

On November 21st the FDA approved Juluca, the first two-drug regimen for certain patients with HIV, and it is now available in pharmacies.

What Juluca indicated for?

Juluca is a two-drug combination medication indicated as a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults. It is intended to replace the current antiretroviral regimen for those who are virologically suppressed for at least six months with no history of treatment failure.

Is there anything unique about Juluca?

Yes. Juluca is the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) instead of three or more drugs included in standard HIV treatment.  

Are there any side effects associated with Juluca?

The most common side effects include diarrhea and headache. More serious side effects include skin rash, allergic reactions, liver problems, depression, and mood changes.

For more information on Juluca, see the press release from Viiv Healthcare.

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