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

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Week: 609.4

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: HIV patients & drug resistance...coming up...

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NEMA: Doctors once believed is was okay for HIV patients to take ‘drug holidays’...to give them a break from the 20 or more daily pills and their side effects for a couple of days. This is Dr. David Hardy of UCLA says it seemed to serve a good purpose....

HARDY: We’ve now learned that that kind of drug holiday can sometimes be detrimental, in that it can allow the virus to become resistant to the medications. What we strongly encourage people to do is, if they forget their medications when they travel, when they’re working, when they can’t get access to them readily...is to...better to stop all the medications for a period of time, until they can get the one or two they’ve run out of...because taking them piecemeal has a higher likelihood of causing resistance.

NEMA: Dr. Hardy says the challenge now is to make the drug cocktail that has been so effective at knocking down HIV easier to take by combining medications. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.