Gilead HIV Sales Getting Boost From Switches To TAF-Based Combos
Eighty percent of patients who’ve received Genvoya so far are switched over from older Gilead regimens, while 10% have switched from non-Gilead drugs. In terms of cumulative prescriptions, the Genvoya launch is outpacing the launch of predecessor drug Stribild to date.
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HIV remains the main growth franchise for Gilead, despite an anticipated first quarter revenue downturn due to inventory and payer mix. Biktarvy’s launch and growth in PrEP business provide multiple drivers for the franchise.
Merck adds to its stagnating HIV portfolio with US approvals of doravirine and a three-drug combo including the NNRTI, but the combo’s potential may be limited due to inclusion of an older version of tenofovir.