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FDA Advisory Panel Oks Gilead's Once-Daily Quad Single Tablet Regimen For HIV

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Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD: Quote) announced that the Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA has voted 13 to 1 in support of approval of the Quad, a complete single tablet regimen of elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in treatment-naïve adults.

Gilead said it submitted the NDA on October 27, 2011 and FDA has set a target action date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of August 27, 2012.

The company noted that applications for marketing approval of the Quad are also pending in Australia, Canada and the European Union.

The company stated that the Quad NDA is supported by the positive results from two pivotal Phase 3 studies in which Quad met its primary objective of non-inferiority as compared to Atripla (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) (Study 102) and to a regimen containing ritonavir-boosted atazanavir plus Truvada (Study 103).

The NDA is also supported by Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) information on the individual components of the Quad and the co-formulated single tablet regimen.

In all studies, the Quad was well tolerated and most adverse events were mild to moderate. The most common adverse events observed were nausea, diarrhea, upper respiratory track infection and headache, the company said.

The company noted that the Quad contains four Gilead compounds in a complete once-daily, single tablet regimen: elvitegravir 150 mg; cobicistat 150 mg, a "boosting" agent that enables elvitegravir once-daily dosing; and Truvada (emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg).

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