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"New HIV drug appears to be very potent"

Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail

15 Aug 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (4½ stars)

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TORONTO - Patients taking a brand new type of HIV drug have shown a quick reduction in the number of viruses circulating in their bloodstream, according to early data from a clinical trial that is to be announced at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto later this week.
The drug belongs to a long-awaited new class of HIV medications known as integrase inhibitors. They work to block the enzyme the virus uses to integrate its genetic material into the DNA of a host's cell and make copies of itself....

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Criteria Rating
Total Score 8 of 9
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Applicable
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Sources of Information Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)

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This journalist provided an unusually descriptive account of the details of the clinical trial including independent commentary on the significance of the research. It was particularly notable that the inclusion criteria were given for study participants. Some mention of the expected timeline for the drug to enter the market would have been useful to the reader as would have a better quantification of the potential harms involved.

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