Jan 12, 2005
What do you know about R278474?
Has it been presented at any conferences? Why has the media made such a big deal about it?
Response from Dr. Conway
The quest is on for drugs that will be effective against HIV and to which it will be difficult for the virus to become resistant. Two drugs of this category are the NNRTIs TMC120 and TMC125, NNRTIs currently in clinical trials. R278474 (developed at Rutgers University) is yet another drug that may represent progress over the "TMC" in that the virus may have even more difficulty in developing resitance to it, as the drug could still attach to virus that has the usual NNRTI resistance mutations. It seems to be absorbed orally and I understand that clinical trials are planned, although I am not yet aware of any results.
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