ViiV Healthcare's Single-Pill HIV Drug Triumeq Cleared by FDA - Analyst Blog


GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK ) announced that ViiV Healthcare's Triumeq (a fixed-dose combination of Tivicay, abacavir and lamivudine) has been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of HIV-1 infection.

ViiV Healthcare is also looking to get the HIV drug approved in the EU and has submitted a Marketing Authorisation Application to the European Medicines Agency. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has already rendered a positive opinion on the drug. The drug will most likely gain EU approval in the third quarter of 2014.

We note that ViiV Healthcare, a company focused on the treatment of HIV, was established by Glaxo and Pfizer ( PFE ) in 2009. After certain amendments in Oct 2012, Shionogi joined as a shareholder.

Our Take

We are pleased with the approval of Triumeq in the U.S. The single-pill regimen of Triumeq will reduce the pill-burden on patients and improve convenience and compliance. It is also a step forward for Tivicay, having been approved last year as an add-on therapy to other antiretroviral agents.

ViiV Healthcare has been working on developing Tivicay-based therapies. In Jun 2014, ViiV Healthcare entered into an agreement with Janssen R&D Ireland Ltd., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ ), for the development and commercialization of a single tablet combination of Tivicay and Johnson & Johnson's Edurant.

Glaxo is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) stock. A better-ranked stock in the health care sector is Allergan ( AGN ) carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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