Thursday, October 18, 2007

HIV-blocking drug offers hope – doctors

From the Halifax Chronicle Herald:
The Canadian launch this week of a new medication that prevents HIV from entering fresh cells will help many people living with the virus, says a Halifax infectious diseases specialist.

Dr. David Haase said Tuesday that maraviroc, brand-named Celsentri, is a new class of drug that’s taken in tablet form. It’s been approved by Health Canada and was introduced into the marketplace Monday.

Maraviroc prevents entry of HIV "into the cells that usually infect the white blood cells," said Dr. Haase of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. ...more

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