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April 7, 1999

Antiviral Therapies for Long-term Suppression of Genital Herpes

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1169-1170. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-13-jbk0407

To the Editor: In his Editorial1 that accompanied the article on famciclovir for suppression of genital herpes,2 Dr Engel listed in the Table the annual cost of the 3 drugs as ranging between $1055 and $2321. Often neglected evidence that lithium has antiviral activity suggests that generically available lithium carbonate might prove to be a cost-saving alternative to these drugs (at approximately one tenth the cost).

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