AIDS Weekly (10.13.03) - Friday, October 24, 2003
Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Pfizer, is making
"Viracept On-the-Go" wallet-sized meal planning guides
available to patients. The move was announced at the 43rd
International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and
Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Careful attention to caloric intake is
vital to HIV patients taking the drug. Taking Viracept with
food can boost drug levels three to five times compared to
taking it without food.
Charlie Smigelski, RD, of Fenway Community Health Center in
Boston, said that designing and adhering to an effective
nutritional program helps improve the quality of life for
people with HIV/AIDS. The American Dietetic Association and
Dietitians of Canada emphasize that efforts to optimize
nutritional status should be components of the total health
care provided to HIV/AIDS patients.
The Viracept meal guide explains the importance of taking
Viracept with meals, gives tips on how to read food labels to
calculate the recommended amount of calories and fat, what
kind of healthy foods to eat, and who to talk to for help in
planning healthy meals. The guide provides sample meals for
breakfast and dinner that are heart-smart and contain immune
system healthy fat recommendations.