Costarelli, Silvia and Cozzi-Lepri, Alessandro and Lapadula, Giuseppe and Bonora, Stefano and Madeddu, Giordano and Maggiolo, Franco and Antinori, Andrea and Galli, Massimo and Di Perri, Giovanni and Viale, Pierluigi and D'Arminio Monforte, Antonella and Gori, Andrea (2016) Long-term durability of tenofovir-based antiretroviral therapy in relation to the co-administration of other drug classes in routine clinical practice. PLoS One, Vol. 11 (10), e0160761. ISSN 1932-6203. Article.
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BACKGROUND: In clinical trials, toxicity leading to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) discontinuation is rare (3% by 2 years); however in clinical practice it seems to be higher, particularly when TDF is co-administered with ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitors (PI/r). Aims of this study were to assess the rate of TDF discontinuations in clinical practice and to identify factors associated with the risk of stopping TDF.
METHODS: All antiretroviral treatment (ART)-naive patients initiating a TDF-based regimen were selected from the ICONA Foundation Study cohort. The primary outcome was TDF discontinuation regardless of the reason; secondary outcome measures were TDF discontinuation due to toxicity and selective TDF discontinuation (that is, TDF discontinuation or substitution, maintaining unchanged the remaining antiretroviral treatment).
RESULTS: 3,618 ART-naïve patients were included: 54% started a PI/r-based and 46% a NNRTI-based based regimen. Two-hundred-seventy-seven patients discontinued TDF and reintroduced ART within 30 days without TDF. The probability of TDF discontinuation regardless of the reason was of 7.4% (95%CI:6.4-8.5) by 2 years and 14.1% (95%CI:12.2-16.1) by 5 years. The 5-year KM estimates in the PI/r vs. NNRTI group were 20.4% vs. 7.6%, respectively (log-rank p = 0.0001), for the outcome of stopping regardless of the reason, and 10.7% vs. 4.7% (p = 0.0001) for discontinuation due to toxicity. PI/r use and lower eGFR were associated with an increased risk of discontinuing TDF.
CONCLUSION: In our cohort, the frequency of TDF discontinuations was higher than that observed in clinical trials. Co-administration of TDF with PI/r was associated with an increased rate of TDF discontinuations. Further studies are needed to clarify the mechanisms that might have led to this outcome.
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