Adult patients living with HIV that were virologically suppressed remained virologically stable with optimal adherence and retention in care when willingly chose to refill prescriptions in Community Pharmacies (Co-Pharm) after transistioning away from hospital settings, according to a new study.

An overwhelming majority (98%) of the participants were retained in care, and 85% had optimal adherence.  

“Patients remained virologically stable with optimal adherence and retention in care,” the investigators wrote.

These findings were presented at the International AIDS Society (IAS) AIDS 2020 Virtual Sessions. In developing countries with overcrowded hospitals, community pharmacies can relive burden, help patients adhere to their regimen, thus offering a viable alternative to patients who need to maintain their medication and keep stable.

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