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  Tibotec Signs Multiple Agreements With Generic Manufacturers to Provide Access to New HIV Treatment
  27 มกราคม 2554
 
 


Date: 27 January 2011

Source: keionline.org

Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tibotec-signs-multiple-agreements-with-generic-manufacturers-to-provide-access-to-new-hiv-treatment-114714404.html

 

CORK, Ireland, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tibotec Pharmaceuticals today announced that it has granted multiple non-exclusive licenses to generic manufacturers including Hetero Drugs Limited, Matrix Laboratories Limited (a Mylan company) of India and Aspen Pharmacare of South Africa to manufacture, market and distribute the investigational non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor rilpivirine hydrochloride (TMC278), pending its approval for use with other antiretroviral agents in the treatment of treatment-naive HIV-1 infected adults.  The generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in India will have rights to market the product in
sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and India. Aspen will have rights to market the product in SSA including South Africa. Under the agreement, the generic manufacturers will be entitled to manufacture once-daily 25 mg TMC278 as a single agent medicine and a fixed-dose combination (FDC) product. Fixed-dose combinations contain multiple medicines formulated into one tablet helping to simplify HIV therapy and are preferred by public health treatment programs. Tibotec has chosen to collaborate with multiple manufacturers in order to ensure the widespread and sustainable access to, and supply of, TMC278 in areas of high HIV burden and to support generic competition.

Tibotec specializes in the research and development of new medicines for infectious diseases including HIV. It plays a key role in the Johnson & Johnson Global Access & Partnerships Program, which is committed to
improving and saving lives by addressing unmet medical needs and ensuring the availability of HIV medicines to patients in need. The Program is already working, through existing agreements with generic manufacturers Aspen of South Africa and Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd of India to broaden access to the medicines darunavir and etravirine in SSA and LDCs and to darunavir in India.


"We believe that voluntary licensing is an important mechanism by which to expand access to our HIV portfolio, including our newest medicines," said Will Stephens, Vice President of Global Access & Partnerships for Janssen Global Services, LLC. "Multiple licenses in place for TMC278 with generic manufacturers made before final regulatory approval in the U.S. and Europe underscore the seriousness and speed with which we`re working to ensure that all patients in need, not just those in Western markets, will have timely access to the most current regimens."

Tibotec will provide the generic manufacturers with the technical information and knowledge to allow them to manufacture the single agent product. The generic manufacturers will pay royalties ranging from two to five percent. The generic manufacturers will be responsible for timely regulatory filing for generic TMC278 and for seeking pre-qualification from the World Health Organization (WHO) and ANDA approvals. To keep medicines
affordable, the generic manufacturers are required to limit their gross profit margin on the sale of TMC278. Prior to the signing of these agreements, Tibotec submitted TMC278 for regulatory approval in the U.S.,
Europe, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Russia and South Korea. Upon approval, it is expected that TMC278, in combination with other antiretroviral medicinal products, will be indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in treatment-naïve adult patients.

The agreements cover the manufacture of TMC278 as a single agent medicine and a license to develop an FDC product using TMC278 with 300 mg tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and 300 mg lamivudine.

In July 2009, Tibotec announced that it had entered into a license and collaboration agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. for the development and commercialization of a new, once-daily, fixed-dose antiretroviral product containing Tibotec`s investigational non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) TMC278 (rilpivirine hydrochloride) and Gilead`s Truvada® (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate). Tibotec and Gilead are committed to working together to make the fixed-dose combination of TMC278 and Truvada available in the developing world and are working towards a separate agreement for these countries.

Keywords: HIV / new medicines / infectious diseases