a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

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Week: 609.3

Guests: Dr. David Hardy, Dir. Research, Pacific Oaks Med. Ctr. Assoc. Prof., UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles

Topic: Treatment regimen for AIDS patients

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: The tough HIV drug regimen...coming up...

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NEMA: Tremendous strides have been made in treatment of the HIV virus, to the point that a drug cocktail taken religiously can suppress the virus and postpone its horrible effects. But what goes into that medication cocktail? Dr. David Hardy of UCLA says a lot...

HARDY: needing to take somewhere between 15 and 20 pills per day can be a tough thing to do...and remembering to do that multiple times per day...to take it with or without food sometimes, take it with or without other medications at times, schedule it around a very busy day to begin with...is a real challenge.

NEMA: Dr. Hardy knows that while the results are great, continued success is conditional...

HARDY: We need to make these medications easier to take...so they don’t have to taken so many times per day, and that they can be taken with or without food, as opposed to one way or the other. And be taken with other medications...we need to simplify the regimen.

NEMA: I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.