Abacavir/lamivudine plus darunavir/ritonavir in routine clinical practice: A multicentre experience in antiretroviral therapy-naive and -experienced patients

D. Podzamczer*, A. Imaz, I. Perez, P. Viciana, E. Valencia, J. Curto, T. Martín, M. Castaño, J. Rojas, N. Espinosa, V. Moreno, V. Asensi, J. A. Iribarren, B. Clotet, L. Force, P. Bachiller, H. Knobel, J. C. López Bernaldo De Quirós, J. R. Blanco, N. RozasJ. Vergas, A. Ocampo, A. Camacho, J. Flores, J. L. Gomez-Sirvent

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Objectives: To present clinical experience with a regimen including abacavir/lamivudine+darunavir/ritonavir in a cohort of HIV-1-infected patients. Methods: A retrospective, multicentre cohort study, including all consecutive adult HIV-1-infected patients who started abacavir/lamivudine+darunavir/ritonavir from April 2008 to December 2010 and had at least one followup visit. The primary endpoint was HIV-1 viral load (VL) <40 copies/mL at week 48. Results: One hundred and eighty-three patients (42 naive and 141 experienced) from 19 hospitals in Spain were studied. The median follow-up was 26.7 (0.5-58.6) months, 79.8% were men, the median age was 47.1 (21.4- 80.5) years, 26.2% had AIDS and 38.8% were positive for hepatitis C virus. At baseline, the median CD4 count was 246 cells/mm3 in naive patients and 393 cells/mm3 in experienced patients and the median VL was 4.80 and <1.59 log copies/mL, respectively. Atweek 48, 81.8% of naive patients and 84.2% of experienced patients receiving the regimen reached a VL <40 copies/mL, whereas at 96 weeks this occurred in 90.5% and 92.8%, respectively. CD4 cell count increases at 48 and 96 weeks were +176.5 and +283.5 cells/mm3 in naive patients and +74.9 and +93 cells/mm3 in experienced patients, respectively. Overall, 86 (47%) patients discontinued the study regimen, in many cases possibly related to non-medical reasons, such as drug switches to reduce cost or changes in address due to economic constraints. Three patients died of causes unrelated to therapy and 19 (10.4%) discontinued the regimen due to adverse events. Conclusions: In our cohort, abacavir/lamivudine+darunavir/ritonavir was safe, well tolerated and achieved high rates of virological suppression. In a proportion of patients, discontinuation of this effective regimen was possibly due to non-medical reasons.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberdku157
JournalJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014


  • HIV treatment
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Viral response

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