06:11pm Wednesday 20 September 2017

University launches i-phone app to access HIV drug expertise

Based on the University-developed website (www.hiv-druginteractions.org), HIV iChart is a tool that provides HIV patients and healthcare professionals with immediate access to information on potential drug interactions between anti-HIV drugs and other medications that a patient with the disease may be taking.   

In HIV therapy, patients take a number of anti-HIV medication (antiretrovirals) and may also take other drugs to treat co-existing diseases.  Drug interactions can have an impact on the effectiveness of one or both drugs, and may also impact on the severity of the side effects of the medication.  For this reason, some drugs should not be used, whilst others must be given with caution, possibly requiring adjustment or monitoring. 

Professor David Back, Professor of Pharmacology, said: “We are delighted to launch this application for i-phones that will provide HIV patients and healthcare professionals with instant and easy access to information about HIV drug interactions that is relevant, reliable and up-to-date. HIV iChart can be used on a hospital ward or in a clinic, in primary-care units, health centres and the community. In addition to the HIV drugs interaction website, this new tool will increase awareness of how to manage the disease more effectively.”

Dr Ian Williams, Chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), said: “This technology provides a marvellous opportunity to greatly increase the ease of access to drug interaction information.  This is a way of helping to maintain best practice.”

HIV iCharts is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the App store in iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hiv-i…uo=2&mt=8&uo=2). The application is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod touch and only requires web access for the initial download and updates.

The application has been created by the HIV Pharmacology Group at the University of Liverpool and developed with eMedFusion, a division of the KnowledgePoint360 Group. It is supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, MSD and Janssen.

HIV iCharts was launched at the Tenth International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection which was held at the SECC in Glasgow.

Notes to editors:

1. The HIV drug interactions website was developed to provide an up-to-date, evidence-based drug interaction resource, freely available to healthcare workers, patients and researchers providing up to date information on interactions which could occur between various anti-HIV drugs, and other medications sometimes prescribed to HIV+ patients

2. The University of Liverpool is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive institutions in the UK. It attracts collaborative and contract research commissions from a wide range of national and international organisations valued at more than £98 million annually.

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