New class of anti-HIV drug approved

June 2007
European Pharmaceutical Executive;Jun2007, p9
The article reports on the recommendation of the U.S. Food and Drug's (FDA) Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee on the approval of Pfizer Inc.'s maraviroc, a chemokine receptor (CCR5) antagonist. It is designed to treat patients infected with CCR5-tropic human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV), which it prevents the virus from entering uninfected cells. Meanwhile, maraviroc is undergoing expedited regulatory review and if approved, it would be the first member of a new class of oral HIV medicines.


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