Off-label use of rilpivirine in combination with emtricitabine and tenofovir in HIV-1-infected pediatric patients A multicenter study

Lola Falcon-Neyra, Claudia Palladino, Maria Luisa Navarro Gomez, Pere Soler-Palacin, Maria Isabel Gonzalez-Tome, Santiago J. De Ory, Marie Antoinette Frick, Claudia Fortuny, Antoni Noguera-Julian, Elena Bermudez Moreno, Juan Luis Santos, Peter Olbrich, Luis F. Lopez-Cortes, Veronica Briz, Olaf Neth

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© 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. To assess the safety and efficacy of rilpivirine in combination with emtricitabine and tenofovir (RPV/FTC/TDF) as a once-daily singletablet regimen (STR) in HIV-1-infected children and adolescents we performed a multicenter case series study of HIV-1-infected patients. Inclusion criteria were initiation of therapy with RPV/FTC/TDF before the age of 18. Patients were divided into undetectable viral load (uVL) group, HIV-1 RNA<20copies/μL on stable combined antiretroviral therapy (cART), and detectable viral load (dVL) group, HIV-1 RNA ≥ 20copies/μL at RPV/FTC/TDF initiation. Patients were monitored from the date of RPV/FTC/TDF initiation until June 30, 2015, RPV/FTC/TDF discontinuation or failure to follow-up. Seventeen patients (8 in uVL and 9 in dVL group) with age between 11.6 and 17.6 were included. Reasons for switching were toxicity (n=4) and simplification (n=4) in uVL; viral failure (n=8) and cART initiation (n=1) in the dVL group. After a median follow-up of 90 (uVL) and 40 weeks (dVL), 7/8 (86%) patients maintained and 8/9 (89%) achieved and maintained HIV-1 suppression. Median CD4 count increased from 542 to 780/μL (uVL, P=0.069) and 480 to 830/μL (dVL, P=0.051). Five patients (2 in uVL and 3 in dVL) improved their immunological status from moderate to no immunosuppression. Serum lipid profiles improved in both groups; cholesterol dropped significantly in the dVL group (P=0.008). Grade 1 laboratory adverse events (AEs) were observed in 3 patients.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3842
JournalMedicine (United States)
Volume95
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016

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