How GHSC-PSM Supports the Transition to TLD
- Timing Is Everything: Insights from Botswana's successful transition to TLD
- 97 Percent of Haiti's PEPFAR Health Facilities Stocked with Antiretroviral TLD
- Ensuring Smooth Transition to TLD Treatment for Zambians Living with HIV
Optimization of ARV regimens aims to ensure people living with HIV receive the best medicines available in the most efficient and cost-effective way. The newest movement to optimize the preferred first-line ARV treatment involves the introduction of dolutegravir (DTG), an integrase inhibitor widely considered to be more effective than other third agents in first-line therapies.
To that end, in August 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provided tentative approval to two Indian generic antiretroviral suppliers for the fixed-dose combination of tenofovir 300mg /lamivudine 300mg/dolutegravir 50mg (TLD).
The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is encouraging countries to transition to TLD soon. Many clinicians are excited about the introduction of TLD because the drug combination provides many health benefits, including, according to the World Health Organization, “improved tolerability, higher antiretroviral efficacy, lower rates of treatment discontinuation, a higher genetic barrier to resistance, and fewer drug interactions than other ARV drugs.”
Based on past experience with other new ARV introductions, transition to TLD also brings potential risks, such as global demand outpacing manufacturing capacity, and stockout or overstock of TLD, TLE, and other ARV regimens at all levels of the supply chain. GHSC-PSM is working with its field offices, suppliers, USAID, and global and local partners to manage a smooth transition and reduce these risks.
GHSC-PSM country offices are using a TLD transition forecasting tool, the first of several tools currently in development.
For more information about TLD and the project’s work to support its introduction, email TLDinfo@ghsc-psm.org