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FDA: PrEP indication updated to include adolescents at risk of HIV infection


The following is the text of an announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding a revision in the Truvada label to expand the PrEP indication to include at-risk adolescents. The new label change has not yet been posted.

The Food and Drug Administration approved revisions to the Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) labeling to expand the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) indication to include adolescents weighing at least 35 kg who are at risk of HIV-1 acquisition. The major labeling changes with respect to this expanded indication are summarized below. In addition, Section 8 was reformatted per the Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule (PLLR) and includes updated information specific to the use of Truvada for PrEP during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Other sections of labeling were reformatted for consistency with current and best labeling practices, as well as with labeling for other HIV fixed-dose combination products.

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Indications and usage

1.2 HIV-1 pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

Truvada is indicated in combination with safer sex practices for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 in at-risk adults and adolescents weighing at least 35 kg. Individuals must have a negative HIV-1 test immediately prior to initiating Truvada for HIV-1 PrEP.

If clinical symptoms consistent with acute viral infection are present and recent (less than 1 month) exposures are suspected, delay starting PrEP for at least one month and reconfirm HIV-1 status or use a test cleared by the FDA as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 infection, including acute or primary HIV-1 infection

When considering Truvada for HIV-1 PrEP, factors that help to identify individuals at risk may include:

– has partner(s) known to be HIV-1 infected, or

– engages in sexual activity within a high prevalence area or social network and has additional risk factors for HIV-1 acquisition, such as:


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