Julie A Sarlo

Montefiore Medical Center, New York City, New York, United States

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Publications (3)6.96 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Most studies employing electronic bottle monitors to measure antiretroviral adherence are limited to 24 weeks of duration, providing a snapshot of adherence from a treatment course that may be lifelong. The stability of these measures in individual patients over time has not been previously described. We measured antiretroviral adherence using Medication Event Monitoring System (MEMS) caps in a patient cohort in 2004 and 2005 and repeated the measurement in 2008 and 2009. Forty-eight participants completed both monitoring periods. Mean adherence rates in the first and second periods were 74.2% and 68.9%, respectively. Adherence rates from the 2 periods for individual participants were highly correlated (Spearman rho = .66, P < .001).
    Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (JIAPAC) 01/2012; 11(2):94-7.
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    ABSTRACT: The inhibitory effect of ritonavir on hepatic cytochrome P450 enzymes is a critical factor in achieving optimal levels of co-administered "boosted" protease inhibitors (PIs). Even though nonadherence to antiretroviral medications is a common phenomenon, the prevalence of selective ritonavir nonadherence and dosestaggering (i.e., separating ritonavir and boosted PI doses in time) are unknown. HIV-1-infected adults receiving a regimen containing ritonavir-boosted atazanavir or fosamprenavir were recruited into a prospective study of adherence and dosage timing of both agents. These parameters were measured over 24 weeks using the Medication Event Monitoring System (MEMS; Aardex, Union, California, USA). A subject was deemed to be selectively nonadherent to ritonavir if his/her adherence rate to the boosted PI exceeded that of ritonavir by >5%. Dose-staggering was defined as a temporal separation of boosted PI from its corresponding ritonavir dose of >4 hours but <12 hours. The final study population consisted of 36 subjects. Three subjects (8.3%) were selectively nonadherent to ritonavir, 17 (47.2%) staggered any doses of ritonavir, and 3 (8.3%) staggered more than 5% of their ritonavir doses. Two of these three were also selectively nonadherent to ritonavir. There was no evident impact of these behaviors on HIV viral load (VL); all subjects who were selectively nonadherent to or frequently staggered doses of ritonavir had VL <75 copies/mL at 24 weeks. Selective ritonavir nonadherence and dose-staggering occurs in a small but significant minority of boosted PI recipients.
    HIV Clinical Trials 01/2009; 10(3):135-42. · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The observation that extremely high levels of medication adherence are required to achieve complete virologic suppression is based largely on studies of treatment-experienced patients receiving HIV protease inhibitor (PI)-based therapy without ritonavir boosting. This study aims to define the level of adherence needed to achieve virologic suppression in patients receiving boosted PI-based highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) with lopinavir/ritonavir. HIV-infected adults receiving a regimen containing lopinavir/ritonavir were recruited into a prospective, observational study of the relation between adherence to lopinavir/ritonavir and virologic outcomes. Adherence was measured using the Medication Event Monitoring System (MEMS; Aardex, Union City, CA). HIV-1 viral load (VL) was measured at week 24. The final study population contained 64 subjects. Eighty percent had AIDS, 97% received lopinavir/ritonavir before enrollment, and most had more than 7 years of HAART experience. Mean adherence overall was 73%. Eighty percent and 59% achieved a VL <400 copies/mL and a VL <75 copies/mL, respectively. Mean adherence was 75% in those achieving a VL <75 copies/mL. High rates of virologic suppression were observed in all adherence quartiles, including the lowest quartile (range of adherence: 23.5%-53.3%). Moderate levels of adherence can lead to virologic suppression in most patients taking lopinavir/ritonavir-based HAART.
    JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 05/2007; 45(1):4-8. · 4.65 Impact Factor