Medication Monitor

Generic Name (Trade Name—Company)
April 1, 2011


(no trade name—Matrix)
Formulation for use in AIDS Relief effort


Treatment of HIV-1 infection in children and adults in combination with other antiretroviral agents and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission

Water-dispersible zidovudine 100 mg tablets, a generic version of ViiV Healthcare’s Retrovir, have been approved under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. This first and only water-dispersible zidovudine tablet allows for easy administration of the medication to patients who cannot swallow. A news release by the manufacturer stated that the company developed the formulation for use in treating children with HIV/AIDS and for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.