"Historically, HIV treatment regimens have been a challenge for many patients since they often combine multiple medications with complex dosing schedules," said Brian Gazzard, MD, Clinical Research Director, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. "ATRIPLA combines three clinically proven and well-established anti-HIV medicines in a single once-daily pill and represents an important step forward in dosing simplification."
ATRIPLA has been approved in the European Union for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in adults with virologic suppression to HIV-1 RNA levels < 50 copies/ml on their current combination antiretroviral therapy for more than three months. Patients must not have experienced virological failure on any prior antiretroviral therapy and must be known not to have harbored virus strains with mutations conferring significant resistance to any of the three components contained in ATRIPLA prior to initiation of their first antiretroviral treatment regimen.
Efavirenz is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) under the tradename SUSTIVA® in the United States, Canada and six European countries (France, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom). Efavirenz is commercialized by Merck & Co., Inc, through its affiliate Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Limited under the tradename STOCRIN® in all other countries within the European Union and many countries outside of the United States. Emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate are commercialized by Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) under the tradenames Emtriva® and Viread®, respectively, and are commonly prescribed together as a once-daily, fixed-dose tablet, marketed under the tradename Truvada® for use as part of combination therapy.
The marketing authorization application for ATRIPLA in the European Union was filed by a three-way joint venture based in Ireland called Bristol-Myers Squibb Gilead Sciences And Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited.
ATRIPLA is currently the first and only once-daily single tablet regimen approved for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults in the United States for use either as stand-alone therapy or in combination with other antiretroviral agents. ATRIPLA was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July 2006 and has since become the most-prescribed treatment regimen for patients starting HIV therapy in the United States.
As the commercial launch of ATRIPLA in the countries of the European Union is not anticipated to begin until the early part of 2008, Gilead is not making any adjustments to the full year 2007 Product Revenue guidance provided on the third quarter 2007 earnings conference call on Oct. 18, 2007. Gilead is also not making adjustments to any of the other elements of guidance, including its updated Research & Development guidance of a range from $510 million to $520 million provided on Nov. 6, 2007, which includes the up front licensing payment related to LG Life Sciences collaboration for the caspase inhibitor.
For complete U.S. prescribing information, including Boxed WARNINGS, for ATRIPLA, visit http://www.atripla.com/. For complete prescribing information for SUSTIVA, visit http://www.bms.com/. For complete U.S. prescribing information for Truvada, Viread and Emtriva, including Boxed WARNINGS, visit http://www.gilead.com/.
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