Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New anti-AIDS drug unveiled in US

Pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer unveiled a new anti-AIDS drug on Tuesday which could help HIV patients stay healthy for a longer period of time.

Selzentry is the first new class of oral HIV medicines to be introduced in more than 10 years, Pfizer said at an annual medical conference in Chicago.

After a 48-week trial, nearly three times as many patients receiving the drug combined with traditional medication recorded undetectable levels of HIV virus, compared with those just getting the normal treatments.

"The safety and durability of response seen with Selzentry in our study is reassuring. This drug is an important new weapon for clinicians who treat HIV," said Jacob Lalezari, director of Quest Clinical Research, at the University of California.

The US Food and Drug Administration in August approved the use of Selzentry, which is the first in a class of drugs called CCR5 antagonists. They prevent the virus from entering the body's T-cells, rather than fighting the virus once it is already infected the cells.

The drug does not however cure HIV infection or prevent it from being passed to another person, the company warned.
The side-effects are similar to those experienced with other anti-AIDS drugs, including nausea, fatigue, headaches and diarrhea.

Experts believe the eventual sales of the drug could generate 500 million dollars for Pfizer annually by 2011. The company is also seeking permission for worldwide sales.


At September 19, 2007 at 7:36 AM, Blogger MM said...

Thats great news!! I wish they wud find a cure for the dreaded disease real soon!!

At September 19, 2007 at 1:26 PM, Blogger Nikon said...

I hope that it works!
Thanks for your visit to Hemingway's.

At September 19, 2007 at 6:43 PM, Blogger Jyoti said...

nice article!

At September 19, 2007 at 6:44 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

A cure can't come soon enough. Hope the medication makes great inroads.

At September 20, 2007 at 4:38 AM, Blogger backpakker said...

Thanks for the information...hopefully a cure is around the corner too

At September 21, 2007 at 5:23 PM, Blogger Pijush said...

Its really good news, Hope we will come up with some solution to cure AIDS soon.

At September 21, 2007 at 5:50 PM, Blogger GMG said...

Thanks for your visit to Blogttrotter 90s. I've been a bit lazy on that blog. Actually I've been posting more recently on Baly at Blogtrotter. Hope you like it. Have a great weekend.

At September 23, 2007 at 4:49 PM, Blogger Mari said...

This is great news for those who are afflicted with aids.

At September 24, 2007 at 4:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really heartening news & hope it is available in the entire world soon!


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