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February 28th, 2010

CROI 2010 Recap: No Obvious Blockbusters, But …

Ok, I’ll admit it — I didn’t see any studies presented at CROI this year that will immediately transform HIV care on a day-to-day basis.  Nothing that will alter practice right now. Nothing like last year’s NA-ACCORD, or 2008′s surprising DAD study, or 2007′s raltegravir studies, to name a few recent examples. (All subsequently published, of course — links […]


February 19th, 2010

CROI 2011 Dates: February 27-March 3, Boston

CROI just about wrapping up — excellent, as usual.  Hope to provide some “greatest hits” shortly. But since John Mellors announced the dates of next year’s conference — and because the CROI web site can be “leisurely” in posting this information — I offer the following evidence as a public service to researchers, teachers, clinicians, […]


February 14th, 2010

Retrovirus Conference (CROI) 2010 Preview

Just as pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training this week, many HIV specialists are gearing up for the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which starts this Tuesday in San Francisco. (I don’t suppose many people see the link between those two events.  Oh well.) And since the “pocket program” to the […]


February 11th, 2010

Ritonavir Tablet Approved

It’s not on Abbott’s web site yet (update:  now it’s here), but the FDA has approved a new formulation of ritonavir — a heat-stable 100 mg tablet.  From an e-mail release by the FDA: On February 10, 2010, FDA approved Norvir (ritonavir) 100 mg Tablets. These tablets do not require refrigeration.  Unlike the capsule formulation […]


February 8th, 2010

Is She or Isn’t She …

… taking antiretrovirals? Over on our Journal Watch/AIDS Clinical Care web site, we’ve posted case of a pregnant woman who says she’s taking ART as prescribed, but the lab tests say otherwise. How do you manage these cases?


February 4th, 2010

Non-Cirrhotic Portal Hypertension: A Rare but Serious Side Effect of ddI

The FDA has issued a warning about an association between use of ddI (didanosine) and the development of non-cirrhotic portal hypertension: Non-cirrhotic portal hypertension (portal hypertension that is not caused by cirrhosis of the liver) is rare in the United States. It occurs when blood flow in the major vein in the liver (the portal […]


February 2nd, 2010

Bats in the Bedroom: Canadians Make a Policy Change

ID doctors know all too well the panicky call — usually from a terrified friend, family member, or colleague, or possibly the emergency room or primary care doc — about finding a bat in the house. Usually in the bedroom. (In one memorable case, it was the house cat’s leaping in the air to try […]


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