ViiV Steals A March On Gilead with HIV Doublet Data
ViiV Healthcare intends to seek regulatory approval for a fixed-dose combination of Tivicay and Epivir later this year based on positive 48-week data from the GEMINI studies in treating HIV that analysts say have helped to lift key uncertainties about the treatment and boost ViiV's competitive position versus key rival Gilead Sciences, which has favored triplet therapy.
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ViiV Healthcare has positive early pivotal data for its second two-drug regimen for HIV, but more reassurance is needed on the relative rates of virologic suppression in patients with low and high viral loads, as well as on the long-term risk of virologic failure. The combination should help form ViiV's defense against rival Gilead and its new triple combination Biktarvy.