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Prophylaxis for HIV

A new drug has been released which is supposed to be helpful in the prophylaxis against HIV infections. This one drug, in my opinion, sums up everything that is both good and bad in the pharmaceutical industry. Unless you were alive and sexually active in the mid-to-late 1980s, it’s hard to imagine how devastating HIV was. Unless you are a homosexual male, it is hard to imagine how devastating HIV continues to be.

from the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/index.htm)

First the good. This new drug appears to be highly effective at preventing HIV infections. It is possible to reduce the risk of infection by up to 75%. This is clearly good. This combined with safe sex practices should help reduce HIV infections in at-risk populations.

Now, the not so good. One of the problems that the pharmaceutical industry has is that it spends a lot of time and money repackaging old drugs. This new drug, Truvada, is not a new drug in all. Instead, it is a combination of two old drugs. I’m not saying that this combination is not effective. I’m saying that is not new. Secondly, almost everything that comes out of the pharmaceutical industry these days is also ridiculously expensive. This drug, in order to be effective, must be taken every day. Truvada costs approximately $14,000 a year.

So, in summary, we have a drug that appears to be extremely effective at reducing HIV infections if it is taken every day and if the patient can afford $14,000 per year. The cost and the daily regimen seems to really limit the effectiveness of this drug.

The Players – Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar, Mr. Steady, simply plays great golf, which is why he is the Players 2012 Champion. He isn’t flashy. He doesn’t drive the ball the farthest. He doesn’t work the ball the most. He isn’t the best putter. He does everything very well. He doesn’t make big mistakes (forget the 17th on Saturday – in the water – that wasn’t typical). I love his game.

As an aside, I’m really liking the way that Rickie Fowler is striking the ball. His 7 iron from 200 yards out on the 18th was a thing of beauty.

One of the things that I don’t like about the television coverage of all of these tournaments is the fact that they really only try to the cover the leaders. There is some great golf that we miss by focusing on only those at the top. David Toms and Bob Estes absolutely smoked TPC Sawgrass. They each shot -7 for the round. They were on fire, but because they started their run too far back they were never really covered.

Congratulations to the 2012 Players Champion – Matt Kuchar.

The Avengers

Saw the Avengers last night. This movie was everything that you would expect. There are outstanding special effects. There is crazy action. But, unexpectedly, there’s actually some acting. If you like any of the superhero movies, you’ll love this movie. If, on the other hand, you’re more of the Titanic persuasion, this movie really might not be for you. Marvel has finally figured it out. They figured out how to balance the need for action with the need for some plot. This is good. This is very good. Simply sit back and enjoy.

Just a side note about 3-D – I decided to watch this movie in 3-D for no particularly good reason. I’ve watched several movies over the past couple of years in 3-D and for the most part it really has not enhanced the experience (in my opinion, Avatar, although a beautiful movie, was not worth the money). I think, for the Avengers, 3-D is nice but not essential to enjoying the movie.

I’ll have more later.