Gilead Trial Pause Adds To Merck & Co’s HIV Concerns
Might Be End Of Partnership
The partners are halting recruitment out of “an abundance of caution,” but Gilead could decide to exit the alliance if islatravir cannot shake off safety concerns.
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Merck & Co. is looking to compete in the burgeoning long-acting HIV market, but a safety halt to a Phase II trial could disrupt those plans.
The companies hope the combination of islatravir and lenacapavir will result in best-in-class oral and injectable long-term HIV products. A PrEP combo is a longer-term goal.