GSK Gains European Approval for Combination Antiretroviral Drug Kivexa
December 23, 2004
on Wednesday announced that it has received marketing approval from the European Commission for its antiretroviral drug Kivexa, which is a once-a-day tablet that combines the company's Epivir and Ziagen, known generically as lamivudine and abacavir, respectively, Reuters reports. Kivexa has no food or fluid restrictions, according to Reuters. Studies have shown that patients taking antiretrovirals more easily adhere to drug regimens when there are no food or fluid restrictions (Reuters, 12/22). "Kivexa is an important advance in GSK's ongoing commitment to provide new options in antiretroviral therapy for HIV patients," Didier Lapierre, vice president of infectious diseases at GSK, said, adding, "Kivexa will provide clinicians and HIV-infected patients with a flexible, well-tolerated and potent combination of the two [nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors] that have been widely used in antiretroviral therapy for years. Prescribers are familiar with these medications, which have an established resistance and long-term safety profile" (GSK release, 12/22).
Manuals Discuss HIV/AIDS Law, Immigration Policy; Policy Brief Examines Integrating AIDS Prevention Into Care
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.