When used as the only effective agent, the
likelihood of achieving virological suppression is significantly reduced and the development of emergent resistance to the drug greater, and a future opportunity for constructing an effective regimen is often lost. A priority question the Writing Group addressed was whether two or three fully active SCH772984 cell line drugs should be included in the new regimen. In a meta-analysis of 10 trials of patient with triple-class virological failure and virological resistance where the study drug was added to optimized background therapy and compared with placebo, associations were demonstrated with increased virological suppression (pooled OR 2.97) and larger CD4 cell count increases for the active agent . Optimized background therapy genotypic sensitivity scores (GSSs) were also associated with larger differences selleck in virological suppression (P < 0.001 for GSS = 0, ≤1 and ≤2) and CD4 cell count increase (GSS = 0, P < 0.001; GSS ≤ 1, P < 0.002; GSS ≤ 2, P = 0.015) between the two groups. In a further non-inferiority study, ELV was found to be non-inferior to RAL when accompanied by a boosted PI and a third agent . This supports the use of at least two and possibly three of these agents in the new regimen and with this strategy, the goal of an undetectable VL is now achievable even in most patients with multi-regimen failure. A priority question addressed
in this group was whether regimens with at least three fully active drugs should include NRTIs. The recommendation from the Writing Group is that in constructing an optimized background, continuing/commencing NRTIs may contribute partial ARV activity to a regimen, despite drug resistance [55, 56]. For those drugs with a novel mode of action (integrase and fusion inhibitors, and CCR5 antagonists), the absence of previous exposure indicates susceptibility although MVC is only active against patients harbouring CCR5 tropic virus. For DRV, TPV and ETV, the number and type of
mutations inform the degree to which these drugs are active [56-58]. The potential for DDIs is also important. ETV can be paired with Methocarbamol DRV/r (but not TPV/r) and MVC dosing is variable depending on the other drugs in the new regimen; however, RAL and enfuvirtide require no alteration. Some patients can have a successfully suppressive fully active three-drug regimen constructed without a PI/r . Nevertheless, where feasible, a PI/r such as DRV/r should be included because of its protective effect on emergent resistance to the other drugs in the regimen although this can be given DRV/r 800 mg/100 mg once daily in treatment-experienced patients without DRV resistance associated mutations . Enfuvirtide is an option in some patients despite the inconvenience of subcutaneous injection and injection site reactions. With the availability of the newer agents, dual PI/r are not recommended .