HIV :: Statement in response to the recall of Viracept

Roger Pebody from Terrence Higgins Trust said: It?s essential that anyone taking Nelfinavir (Viracept) contacts their HIV doctor or hospital without delay, to identify an alternative treatment to continue with.

Nelfinavir (Viracept) is a drug that has been used in the UK since 1998, and many of the anti-HIV drugs which have been developed since then are more effective. For that reason, the numbers of people using this drug are probably relatively small. However the contamination and recall of the drug is of great concern to those people who are currently taking the drug, and we would urge anyone doing so to seek their doctor?s advice immediately.

We don?t have many details about the contamination, and how quickly Roche have reacted to it. We hope that Roche are putting all the necessary effort into creating an uncontaminated supply of the drug as fast as possible.

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