November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011


An HIV Drug Delivery Patch in the Pipeline


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend. It was another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

In the old days, people with HIV and AIDS waited with baited breath for the release of each new medication for HIV. We were still waiting for some medication which would actually help us stay alive in our fight with HIV and AIDS.

Now we have some new news about the latest possible advancement in medication for HIV:

ImQuest Biosciences, based in Frederick, Maryland, is developing a skin patch to deliver antiretroviral medications, according to a presentation at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition being held October 23 through 27 in Washington, DC. Though the patch is in very early stages of development—it has not yet been studied in animals, let alone humans—it holds great promise for people living with HIV, the researchers suggest.

According to lead presenter Anthony Ham, PhD, of ImQuest, a single transdermal patch can be used to deliver seven days of medication into the bloodstream.

“As we enter the fourth decade of HIV/AIDS, this new delivery method will hopefully reduce the numerous pills most HIV patients have to take daily,” said Ham in an AAPS press announcement. “Taking medicines regularly reduces symptoms in HIV patients and extends lives. The transdermal patch offers an easier option for patients to comply with their medication regimes as compared to current treatments.”

This non-invasive patch also shows a potential economic advantage in terms of shipping costs as compared to pills or needles. With an estimated 15 million people living with HIV in developing countries and only 5.3 million people with access to treatment, Ham and his colleagues suggest the patch offers a more affordable and accessible way to address this unmet medical need.

Hopefully, this will help even more people be able to live with HIV and AIDS. I just wish all my friends who died before '96 would have had the same chance.

Hope you have a great Monday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,



Daddy Dab