J&J, ViiV Healthcare Tie Up for Single-Tablet HIV Treatment - Analyst Blog

An image of stock prices rising and declining in value
Credit: Shutterstock photo

ViiV Healthcare has 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 ViiV Healthcare's Tivicay and Johnson & Johnson's Edurant.

ViiV Healthcare, a company focused on the treatment of HIV, was established by GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK ) and Pfizer ( PFE ) in 2009. After certain amendments in Oct 2012, Glaxo, Pfizer and Shionogi now own 76.5%, 13.5% and 10% of ViiV Healthcare, respectively.

The Johnson & Johnson agreement is in line with ViiV Healthcare's strategy to develop Tivicay-based therapies. We remind investors that Tivicay was cleared by the FDA in Aug 2013 as an add-on therapy to other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of patients suffering from HIV-1, who are above 12 years and weigh at least 88 lbs.

ViiV Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson plan to initiate studies on a single-tablet combination of Tivicay and Edurant by the first quarter of 2015. The companies are looking to evaluate the combination as an HIV maintenance therapy for patients already virally suppressed on a three-drug regimen.

Additionally, the companies will evaluate a fixed-dose combination of Tivicay and Edurant in pediatric patients. We note that the pediatric patient population represents an unmet disease area with approximately 3.3 million children living with HIV globally of which approximately 2.2 million children (66%) do not have access to appropriate care and medicines.

Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo and Pfizer are all Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stocks. A better-ranked stock in the health care sector is Gilead Sciences ( GILD ) carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

PFIZER INC (PFE): Free Stock Analysis Report

GILEAD SCIENCES (GILD): Free Stock Analysis Report

JOHNSON & JOHNS (JNJ): Free Stock Analysis Report

GLAXOSMITHKLINE (GSK): Free Stock Analysis Report

To read this article on click here.

Zacks Investment Research

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

In This Story


Other Topics


Latest Markets Videos


    Zacks is the leading investment research firm focusing on stock research, analysis and recommendations. In 1978, our founder discovered the power of earnings estimate revisions to enable profitable investment decisions. Today, that discovery is still the heart of the Zacks Rank. A wealth of resources for individual investors is available at

    Learn More