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ak602
Jun 24, 2007

heya from the netherlands. a year ago the newspapers were filled with an new possible medicine against hiv aids. called ak602 how is nowadays with the status of this medicine. thanks a lot

Response from Dr. Daar

ak602 is a drug that binds the CCR5 receptor and inhibits infection by HIV that utilizes this receptor. Promising early data has been presented in the test tube and an animal model but I am not aware of clinical trial data in humans. That said, drugs that bind CCR5 have been pursued with maraviroc and vicriviroc being the furthest along in clinical development. The former is available by expanded access in the United States and will likely be approved by the FDA in the coming months.

Best, Eric


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