FDA Approves New HIV Drug After Priority Review
FDA approved etravirine tablets for the treatment of HIV infection in adults who have failed treatment with other antiretrovirals.
Etravirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) that helps to block an enzyme which HIV needs to multiply. The drug was approved to be used in combination with other anti-HIV medications. Sold under the trade name Intelence, etravirine received a priority review by the FDA.
Development of etravirine was triggered by the observations of in vitro anti-HIV activity of etravirine against mutant, NNRTI-resistant HIV strains.
"This is another significant new product for many HIV-infected patients who are NNRTI