Three-in-One AIDS Drug Approved

The FDA has approved Atripla, an HIV medication that needs only be taken once a day.

A once-a-day HIV treatment combining three drugs in one pill, has been licensed for the first time by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Atripla, made by Bristol-Myers-Squibb and Gilead Sciences, contains efavirenz, tenofovir and emtricitabine got fast-track approval.


The number of pills people with HIV have to take each day has been reduced in recent years.

But making it as easy as possible for people to stick to their drug regimen is important; both for the patient themselves, and to prevent the emergence of drug-resistant strains of the virus which can develop when people fail to take all their medication.

This is definitely good news for HIV sufferers. In particular, this is great news for HIV sufferers who live in poorer countries. One of the biggest problems with controlling HIV in the developing world is that the multi-pill drug regimen is difficult for people to keep up on. One pill daily could remarkably alleviate suffering.

And although the article doesn’t mention it, the development of this drug has no doubt sparked a great deal of confusion and lamentation among those who believe that AIDS is “God’s punishment” for sin. These people must be asking themselves why, in this era of ever-improving AIDS medications, God keeps letting them down.

Alex Knapp
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Alex Knapp is Associate Editor at Forbes for science and games. He was a longtime blogger elsewhere before joining the OTB team in June 2005 and contributed some 700 posts through January 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheAlexKnapp.


  1. Gee, maybe its the prayers in church to help those suffering with AIDS at work.

    Alex, your religious bigotry is showing.

  2. Anderson says:

    those who believe that AIDS is âGodâs punishmentâ for sin.

    YAJ, are you seriously maintaining for a minute that there *aren’t* such people?

  3. Anderson,

    Yes, there are such people. But to generalize this as a common Christian opinion would be to take the rantings of some of the most extreme on the left and say that all democrats are like that. Bigotry is bigotry, whether you don’t like the people or not.

  4. Alex Knapp says:

    And where, exactly, do I ascribe those opinions to the general Christian population? I think you’re reading just a bit too much into my writing.