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Approved therapies for the treatment of complications of HIV/AIDS

Human Immunodeficiency Virus and
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome


current May 2007

Drugs Used to Treat Complications of HIV/AIDS

Brand Name Generic Name Use Manufacturer Name Approval Date
Abelcet, Ambisome Amphotericin B, ABLC antifungal for aspergillosis various 20-Nov-95
Bactrim, Septra sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim antiprotozoal antibiotic for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia treatment and prevention various 23-Jun-81
Biaxin, Klacid clarithromycin antibiotic for Mycobacterium avium prevention and treatment Abbott Laboratories 23-Dec-93
Cytovene ganciclovir, DHPG antiviral for CMV retinitis Roche 23-Jun-89
DaunoXome daunorubicin-liposomal chemotherapy for Kaposi's sarcoma Gilead 4-Apr-97
Diflucan fluconazole antifungal for candidiasis, cryptococcal meningitis Pfizer 29-Jan-90
Doxil doxorubicin hydrochloride-liposomal chemotherapy for Kaposi's sarcoma Ortho Biotech 17-Nov-95
Eraxis anidulafungin antifungal (intravenous), used to treat Candida infections in the esophagus (candidiasis), blood stream (candidemia), and other forms of Candida infections, including abdominal abscesses and peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity Pfizer Inc.   17-Feb-06
Famvir famciclovir antiviral for herpes Novartis 12-Jun-98
Foscarnet foscavir antiviral for herpes, CMV retinitis Astra Pharmaceuticals 27-Sep-91
Gamimune N immune globulin, gamma globulin, IGIV immune booster to prevent bacterial infections in children Bayer Biologicals 27-Dec-93
Intron A interferon alfa-2b Karposi's sarcoma, hepatitis C Schering 21-Nov-88
Marinol dronabinol treat appetite loss Roxane Laboratories 23-Dec-92
Megace megestrol acetate treat appetite, weight loss Bristol Myers-Squibb 10-Sep-93
Mepron atovaquone antiprotozoal antibiotic for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia treatment and prevention GlaxoSmithKline 25-Nov-92
Mycobutin, Ansamycin rifabutin antimycobacterial antibiotic for Mycobacterium avium prevention Adria Pharmaceuticals 23-Aug-96
NebuPent pentamidine antiprotozoal antibiotic for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia prevention Fujisawa 15-Jun-89
Neutrexin trimetrexate glucuronate and leucovorin antiprotozoal antibiotic for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia treatment MedImmune 17-Dec-93
Panretin gel alitretinoin gel 0.1% AIDS-related Karposi's sarcoma Ligand Pharmaceuticals 2-Feb-99
Procrit, Epogen erythropoetin, EPO treat anemia related to AZT therapy Amgen 31-Dec-90
Radiesse* calcium hydroxylapatite facial lipidatrophy BioForm Medical Inc. 22-Dec-06
Roferon A interferon alfa-2a Karposi's sarcoma and hepatitis C Roche 21-Nov-88
Sculptra* poly-L-lactic acid facial lipoatrophy Dermik Laboratories 3-Aug-04
Serostim somatropin rDNA treat weight loss Serono 23-Aug-96
Sporanox itraconazole antifungal for blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, and candidiasis Janssen Pharmaceuticals 11-Sep-92
Taxol paclitaxel Karposi's sarcoma Bristol Myers-Squibb 4-Aug-97
Valcyte valganciclovir antiviral for CMV retinitis Roche 29-Mar-01
VFEND voriconazole antifungal for invasive aspergillosis and serious fungal infections due to Fusarium spp. and Scedosporium apiospermum, and Esophageal Candidiasis Pfizer 24-May-02
Vistide cidofovir, HPMPC antiviral for CMV retinitis Gilead 27-Jun-96
Vitrasert implant ganciclovir insert antiviral for CMV retinitis Bausch & Lomb 5-Mar-96
Vitravene intravitreal injectable fomivirsen sodium injection antiviral for CMV retinitis Isis Pharmaceuticals 26-Aug-98
Zithromax azithromycin antibiotic for Mycobacterium avium Pfizer 14-Jun-96

*Radiesse and Sculptra are classified as a medical devices