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Simplification of antiretroviral therapy: a neccessary step in the public health response to HIV/AIDS in resource-limited settings

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Vitoria, M et al
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Baltimore: School of Medicine, 2014

the global scale-up of antiretroviral therapy over the past decade represent one of the great public health and human rights achievements of recent times. Moving from an individualized treatment approach to a simplified and standardized public health approach has been critical to ART scale-up, simplifying both presrcibing practices and supply chain management. In terms of the latter, the risk of stock outs can be reduced and simplified prescribing practices support task shifting of to nursing and other non-physician clinicians: this strategy is critical to increase access to ART care in settings where physicians are limited in number.