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Acyclovir, known as the brand name Xerese, is an efficacious medication used to treat herpes labialis. Known commonly as cold sores or fever blisters, this form of the herpes virus is successfully treated with Acyclovir as a combination cream, alongside hydrocortisone. Marketed by Coria Laboratories, the patent for Xerese expires on January 24, 2017. The[…]

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Rilpivirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor {NTRI} known as the brand name Edurant. Rilpivirine is used to treat HIV-1 infection, and it is often dispensed alongside other antiretroviral agents. As a 25 milligram tablet designed to be taken once daily with food, rilpivirine is effective at decreasing the amount of HIV infection in the[…]

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Lamivudine is also known as Epvir. Marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, the patent for Epvir is due to expire on May 18, 2016. Lamivudine is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B (HBV) virus cells from multiplying in the body. This medication will treat HIV and HBV, but it is not a[…]

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The CDC announced on Tuesday September 13, 2012 that the West Nile virus outbreak, which recently hit the U.S., is showing no signs of relenting, with an astounding 35% increase in cases from last week. With 2,636 cases involving people, including 118 deaths, all states except Alaska and Hawaii have reported at least one case[…]

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The United Nations AIDS program announced on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 that fewer people infected with HIV globally were dying, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The reason for this encouraging news is the greater accessibility for patients with AIDS worldwide to crucial antiretroviral drugs. The U.N. is actively working alongside pharmaceutical companies, in an effort to[…]

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As an effectual antiviral drug, Famciclovir, CAS number 104227-87-4, is a key treatment for infections caused by the herpes virus. Novartis holds the patent for Famvir, which is the brand name for famciclovir, but that is expiring on September 1, 2015. While famciclovir is not a cure for herpes, it will slow the growth and[…]

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In June of 1981 the first known cases of AIDS in the United States were reported. Currently there are over 1.7 million people in the United States infected with HIV-1, the virus which causes AIDS, and over more then 600,000 Americans have already died from this ultimately fatal disease. With 1.2 million Americans estimated to[…]

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Ritonavir is also known by it’s brand name Norvir. Marketed by Abbott Laboratories, Norvir will lose it’s patent on January 28, 2014. The patent for the pediatric exclusivity for ritonavir will also expire on July 28, 2014. With the generic possibilities coming near, researchers are clamoring to commence clinical trials of ritonavir. As an antiviral[…]

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Adefovir dipivoxil, CAS number 142340-99-6, is a nucleotide analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or “ntRTI”. Previously called bis-POM PMEA, adefovir dipivoxil is used is the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. Also produced under the trade names Hepsera and Preveon, adefovir dipivoxil is approved by the FDA for treatment in patients with active cases of chronic hepatitis[…]

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Darunavir Ethanolate is also known by it’s brand name Prezista, and is used to treat HIV infection. In the class of protease inhibitors, darunavir ethanolate was approved by the FDA in June of 2006. What makes darunavir ethanolate unique is it’s ability to combat drug resistant strains of HIV in affected patients, as well as[…]

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