Abbott Receives FDA Approval for Lower-Dose of Antiretroviral Kaletra for Children
November 13, 2007
Abbott Laboratories on Monday announced that it has received FDA approval to market and sell a lower-dose version of its antiretroviral drug Kaletra for children, the Chicago Sun-Times reports (Knowles, Chicago Sun-Times, 11/13). The tablet will be available in the U.S. this month, Bloomberg/Chicago Tribune reports. Kaletra has been available in liquid form for children since 2000, but the company in August warned health care providers to be cautious in prescribing Kaletra to children after the death of an infant who received an accidental overdose of the drug, Bloomberg/Chicago Tribune reports.
"HIV/AIDS continues to have a devastating impact globally, especially among the more than two million children living with the disease throughout the world," Scott Brun, divisional vice president for infectious disease development at Abbott, said, adding, "Abbott developed a lower-strength tablet formulation of Kaletra to give physicians an innovative treatment option to help curb the impact of HIV infection in children" (Abbott release, 11/12).
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