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ViiV Healthcare receives FDA approval for Triumeq® (abacavir, dolutegravir and lamivudine), a new single-pill regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection

LONDON, Aug. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViiV Healthcare announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Triumeq® (abacavir 600mg, dolutegravir 50mg and lamivudine 300mg) tablets for the treatment of HIV-1 infection.1 Triumeq is ViiV Healthcare's first dolutegravir-based fixed-dose combination, offering many people living with HIV the option of a single-pill regimen that combines the integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) dolutegravir, with the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) abacavir and lamivudine.

Triumeq alone is not recommended for use in patients with current or past history of resistance to any components of Triumeq. Triumeq alone is not recommended in patients with resistance-associated integrase substitutions or clinically suspected INSTI resistance because the dose of dolutegravir in Triumeq is insufficient in these populations. Before initiating treatment with abacavir-containing products, screening for the presence of a genetic marker, the HLA-B*5701 allele, should be performed in any HIV-infected patient, irrespective of racial origin. Products containing abacavir should not be used in patients known to carry the HLA-B*5701 allele.1

Dr Dominique Limet, Chief Executive Officer, ViiV Healthcare, said: "Today's approval of Triumeq offers many people living with HIV in the US the first single-pill regimen containing dolutegravir. ViiV Healthcare is committed to delivering advances in care and new treatment options to physicians and people living with HIV. We are proud to announce this important milestone, marking the second new treatment to be approved in the US from our pipeline of medicines."

This FDA approval is based primarily upon data from two clinical trials:

  • the Phase III study (SINGLE) of treatment-naive adults, conducted with dolutegravir and abacavir/lamivudine as separate pills2,3
  • a bioequivalence study of the fixed-dose combination of abacavir, dolutegravir and lamivudine when taken as a single pill compared to the administration of dolutegravir and abacavir/lamivudine as separate pills.4

In the SINGLE study, a non-inferiority trial with a pre-specified superiority analysis, more patients were undetectable (HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL) in the dolutegravir and abacavir/lamivudine arm (the separate components of Triumeq) than in the Atripla®+ (efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir) arm, the most commonly used single-pill regimen. The difference was statistically significant and met the pre-specified test for superiority. The difference was driven by a higher rate of discontinuation due to adverse events in the Atripla arm.2, 3

  • At 96 weeks, 80% of participants on the dolutegravir-based regimen were virologically suppressed compared to 72% of participants on Atripla. Grade 2-4 treatment emergent adverse reactions occurring in 2% or more participants taking the dolutegavir-based regimen were insomnia (3%), headache (2%) and fatigue (2%).3

About HIV

HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV, so once someone has HIV they have it for life.5-7

HIV infects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells or T-cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body cannot fight off infections and disease. When this happens, HIV infection leads to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which is the final stage of HIV infection. There is no cure for HIV, but with early diagnosis and effective treatment most people with HIV will not go on to develop AIDS.5-7

An estimated 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV. However, only 33 per cent are taking the medication they need.8

About Triumeq

Triumeq is a fixed-dose combination containing the INSTI dolutegravir and the NRTIs abacavir and lamivudine.

Two essential steps in the HIV life cycle are replication -- when the virus turns its RNA copy into DNA -- and integration -- the moment when viral DNA becomes part of the host cell's DNA. These processes require two enzymes called reverse transcriptase and integrase. NRTIs and INSTIs interfere with the action of the two enzymes to prevent the virus from replicating and further infecting cells.

Dolutegravir was approved in the US in August 2013 and in Europe in January 2014 under the brand name Tivicay®. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) granted a positive opinion on the Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for Triumeq on 26 June 2014. Regulatory applications are also being evaluated in other markets worldwide, including Australia, Brazil and Canada.

Tivicay and Triumeq are registered trademarks of the ViiV Healthcare group of companies.

Important Safety Information (ISI) for Triumeq (abacavir, dolutegravir and lamivudine) tablets

The following ISI is based on the Highlights section of the Prescribing Information for Triumeq. Please consult the full Prescribing Information for all the labeled safety information for Triumeq.

BOXED WARNING: RISK OF HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS, LACTIC ACIDOSIS AND SEVERE HEPATOMEGALY, AND EXACERBATIONS OF HEPATITIS B

See full Prescribing Information for complete boxed warning.

  • Serious and sometimes fatal hypersensitivity reactions have been associated with abacavir-containing products.
  • Hypersensitivity to abacavir is a multi-organ clinical syndrome.
  • Patients who carry the HLA‑B*5701 allele are at high risk for experiencing a hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir.
  • Discontinue Triumeq as soon as a hypersensitivity reaction is suspected. Regardless of HLA-B*5701 status, permanently discontinue Triumeq if hypersensitivity cannot be ruled out, even when other diagnoses are possible.
  • Following a hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir, NEVER restart Triumeq or any other abacavir‑containing product.
  • Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues.
  • Severe acute exacerbations of hepatitis B have been reported in patients who are co‑infected with Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) and have discontinued lamivudine, a component of Triumeq. Monitor hepatic function closely in these patients and, if appropriate, initiate anti-hepatitis B treatment.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Presence of HLA-B*5701 allele.
  • Previous hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir, dolutegravir or lamivudine.
  • Co-administration with dofetilide.
  • Moderate or severe hepatic impairment.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Patients with underlying hepatitis B or C may be at increased risk for worsening or development of transaminase elevations with use of Triumeq. Appropriate laboratory testing prior to initiating therapy and monitoring for hepatotoxicity during therapy with Triumeq is recommended in patients with underlying hepatic disease such as hepatitis B or C.
  • Hepatic decompensation, some fatal, has occurred in HIV-1/Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) co‑infected patients receiving combination antiretroviral therapy and interferon alfa with or without ribavirin. Discontinue Triumeq as medically appropriate and consider dose reduction or discontinuation of interferon alfa, ribavirin, or both.
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome and redistribution/accumulation of body fat have been reported in patients treated with combination antiretroviral therapy.
  • Administration of Triumeq is not recommended in patients receiving other products containing abacavir or lamivudine.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most commonly reported (greater than or equal to 2%) adverse reactions of at least moderate intensity in treatment-naive adult subjects receiving Triumeq were insomnia (3%), headache (2%), and fatigue (2%).

DRUG INTERACTIONS

Co-administration of Triumeq with other drugs can alter the concentration of other drugs and other drugs may alter the concentrations of Triumeq. The potential drug-drug interactions must be considered prior to and during therapy.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

  • Pregnancy: Triumeq should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.
  • Nursing mothers: Breastfeeding is not recommended due to the potential for HIV transmission.
  • Triumeq is not recommended in patients with creatinine clearance less than 50 mL per min.
  • If a dose reduction of abacavir, a component of Triumeq, is required for patients with mild hepatic impairment, then the individual components should be used.

About ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company established in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. Shionogi joined as a shareholder in October 2012. The company's aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a new approach to deliver effective and new HIV medicines, as well as support communities affected by HIV. For more information on the company, its management, portfolio, pipeline, and commitment, please visit www.viivhealthcare.com.

References:

  1. Triumeq US label
  2. Walmsley SL, Antela A, Clumeck N et al; for the SINGLE Investigators. Dolutegravir plus abacavir–lamivudine for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. N Engl J Med. 2013;369(19):1807-1818.
  3. Walmsley S, Berenguer J, Khuong-Josses M, et al. Dolutegravir regimen statistically superior to efavirenz/tenofovir/emtricitabine: 96-week results from the SINGLE study (ING114467). Poster presented at: 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections; March 3-6, 2014; Boston, MA. Poster 543.
  4. Weller S, Chen S, Borland J et al. Bioequivalence of a Dolutegravir, Abacavir and Lamivudine Fixed-Dose Combination Tablet and the Effect of Food. JAIDS. 2014 May doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000193.http://journals.lww.com/jaids/Abstract/publishahead/Bioequivalence_of_a_Dolutegravir,_Abacavir_and.97920.aspx.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Basics. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html. Accessed July 28, 2014.
  6. NHS Choices, HIV & AIDS Overview. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/HIV/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Accessed July 28, 2014.
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Fact Sheet. HIV in the United States: The Stages of Care. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/research_mmp_StagesofCare.pdf. Accessed July 28, 2014.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today's HIV/AIDS Epidemic. http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/HIVFactSheets/TodaysEpidemic-508.pdf. Accessed July 28, 2014.

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New Life Sciences Research Reveals Early Stage Treatments to Help Scientists in the Fight against Ebola

-- Thomson Reuters disease profile provides greater understanding of key Ebola treatments in the drug pipeline and experimental therapies approaching development

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in intelligent information for businesses and professionals, released a comprehensive disease profile on Ebola Virus Disease that includes a detailed analysis of two new treatments in the pipeline and two experimental candidates approaching development.

Ebola deaths in West Africa have exceeded the 1,000 mark since ravaging Liberia. Practitioners in Britain were recently ordered to look out for symptoms of the killer virus to stop it from taking hold in the UK, with doctors receiving new guidelines on how to deal with suspected cases. Ebola Virus Disease is particularly lethal. According to the World Health Organization, outbreaks have a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. There is currently no effective treatment.

The Thomson Reuters Ebola Disease Briefing is available free of charge through its LS Research website, a resource providing researchers with the latest news on disease insights and developing treatments, through reports and biological pathway maps. This resource offers disease profiling and comparative data to the current drug landscape for clinically devastating, relevant diseases, such as Ebola.

"Our LS Research resource is designed to place valuable scientific insights into the hands of researchers to offer new angles on understanding devastating diseases -- not just as related to Ebola, but for other conditions that continue to compromise quality of life for people around the world," said Jon Brett-Harris, managing director of Thomson Reuters Life Sciences.

Through analysis using Thomson Reuters Integrity -- an industry-leading resource providing researchers with reliable, detailed drug R&D information across multiple disciplines -- LS Research analysts identified two potential Ebola treatments in the drug pipeline: Sarepta Therapeutics' VP24 expression inhibitor known as "AVI-7537" and Tekmira's VP24 expression inhibitor known as "Ebola SNALP."

VP24 is believed to play a significant role in Ebola Virus Disease, and may have an effect on the formation and replication of the viral genome. Scientists are now exploring the inhibition of this VP24 protein as a potential treatment to block the building and reproduction of the Ebola Virus genome.

Both of these treatments are currently in Phase 1 clinical trials. The LS Research site also provides comprehensive information on the disease itself.

There are also two experimental treatment approaches set to move into the pipeline. The first, ZMapp, a novel drug candidate in development by Mapp BioPharmaceutical, LeafBio, Defyru, the U.S. Government and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), is a cocktail of three different humanized monoclonal antibodies produced in nicotina plants that target the virus. The aim of this potential therapy is to halt the progression of Ebola; it was recently successful in treating two American healthcare workers infected by the outbreak in West Africa. The second is a vaccine candidate rVSVdeltaG-SWGP-2A-MFL being developed by the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology. It consists of a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus expressing multiple regional fragments of the Ebola virus.

To further support the efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus, Thomson Reuters BioWorld, an industry-leading biopharmaceutical news resource, has comprised a collection of articles highlighting the most innovative research in recent years and the latest updates to provide greater insight into the disease and the treatments in development. Visit BioWorld to view this special report.

Visit LS Research to view the Ebola Disease Briefing and a variety of reports providing insights into other devastating conditions.

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A Shot of Good Health : CRY India’s Immunization Campaign

SINGAPORE, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gopika was born against all the odds in an area of India where foeticide is prevalent. Hailing from Ponamalai Nagar, a village in the Salem district of Andhra Pradesh, her family cherished their daughter, taking the utmost care in her health and development. Yet before long the harsh reality of extreme poverty set in and the family was forced to migrate to a remote brick kiln where they ended up in bonded labour. From the moment she was born, administering the necessary vaccines proved to be a huge challenge and for the first three months of her life Gopika received only intermittent vaccinations, due to the irregularity of her Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) visits. Once the family had migrated to the brick kiln, these visits disappeared altogether. Now, with the help of CRY India's partner SPT, ANMs are gaining access to remote areas such as these in order to immunize young and vulnerable children.

Statistics reveal that an estimated 11.6 lakh children in India die every year before their first birthday, due to lack of immunization. Contributing factors include a lack of awareness, the distance between villages and public healthcare centres, a dearth of qualified health professionals/auxiliary nursing midwives, migration, and inadequate infrastructure such as cold storage.

CRY works with its partners to overcome these barriers and ensure that local public healthcare and Angandwadi centres have the necessary infrastructure and qualified health workers to deliver effective maternal and child healthcare.

Thanks to Happy First Birthday, CRY India's immunization initiative, Gopika and thousands of children like her will grow up healthy, free from preventable disease. This 45 day initiative aims to ensure that 42,971 children across India have access to mandatory vaccines in the first twelve months, offering protection against easily preventable, yet often fatal illnesses. 

Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Mobilization, CRY says, "Immunization plays a critical role in reducing child and infant mortality. A child's first birthday is a celebration of survival, however, lack of access to life-saving vaccines causes hundreds of thousands of children to die each year. With this initiative, CRY aims to ensure that children gain access to these vaccines, which are crucial to minimizing the risk of death by preventable disease."

To find out more and contribute, visit the CRY initiative at http://www.cry.org/microsite/fundraising2014/index-gops.html.

Contact: Manoj Sharma, msharma@thefact.in, +91-9811135420

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