Information about TRUVADA and ATRIPLA delisting

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), March 30th 2020

From 1 April 2020 Truvada for HIV treatment and for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will no longer be available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

There are alternatives to Truvada for PrEP in Australia.

Community members eligible for PrEP can access generic versions of Truvada supplied by Apotex, Mylan and Lupin Generic Health. The drugs manufactured by these three suppliers contain the same active ingredients as Truvada.

In addition, from October 2020 Atripla will be delisted. A generic equivalent of Atripla has been approved by the PBS for community members who wish to continue using Atripla.

We encourage you to talk to your prescribing doctor if you want more information about these changes.

For more information, visit the following websites:

UK report gives thumbs up to generic HIV drugs used as PrEP

A sexual health clinic in London has tested drug levels in users of generic PrEP medication bought online and found the drugs are genuine and effective.

Tests found adequate levels of both emtricitabine and tenofovir (used in PrEP medication Truvada) in patients’ blood, and no sample suggesting counterfeit drugs.

London sexual health clinics step up their support for people buying PrEP online

nam/aidsmap, 29 January 2016

Several large sexual health clinics in London and Brighton have responded to the growing numbers of people importing PrEP medications from overseas by offering free safety monitoring to PrEP users. This is in a context of increasing frustration with the slowness of the official NHS process to approve PrEP – no decision will be made until June at the earliest.

  • Read more here
  • See the Getting Your PrEP Online support page from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital here
  • See UK PrEP advoacy pages here and here
  • See an Australian PrEP advoacy page here