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Tentative approval of two fixed dose combination products for PEPFAR

On March 20, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted tentative approval to two fixed-dose combination products containing generic versions of stavudine/lamivudine/nevirapine 30mg/150mg/200mg Tablets, and stavudine/lamivudine/nevirapine 40mg/150mg/200mg Tablets, under expedited procedures for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. Both fixed dose combinations are manufactured by Strides Arcolab Limited of Bangalore, India, and indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infection.

Each ingredient of this generic tablet is currently approved to treat HIV-1 in combination with other antiretroviral agents. The safety and effectiveness of the combination of stavudine/lamivudine/nevirapine in lowering viral load and increasing CD4+ cells has been demonstrated in previously conducted controlled studies of the individual ingredients used together.

Combination products such as these can significantly reduce pill burden. potentially resulting in improved therapeutic compliance with complex dosing regimens, as well as facilitating the storage and distribution of these HIV medications.

FDA's tentative approval means that although a product meets all of the safety, efficacy, and manufacturing quality standards required for marketing in the U.S., existing patents and/or proprietary issues currently prevent marketing of the product in the United States.  Tentative approval, however, does qualify the product for consideration for purchase under the PEPFAR program.

As with all generic applications, FDA conducts an on-site inspection of each manufacturing facility and of the facilities performing the bioequivalence studies prior to granting approval or tentative approval to these applications to evaluate the ability of the manufacturer to produce a quality product and to assess the quality of the bioequivalence data supporting the application.

These products were reviewed under the FDA guidance titled Fixed Dose Combinations, Co-Packaged Drug Products, and Single-Entity Versions of Previously approved Antiretrovirals for the Treatment of HIV developed to clarify what regulatory requirements apply to such applications, what issues might be of concern, and how these issues should be addressed.  The guidance is intended to encourage sponsors to submit applications for combination and co-packaged products, and to facilitate submission of such applications to FDA.

You can find a list of all approvals and tentative approvals under these provisions on the FDA web site.

Richard Klein
Office of Special Health Issues
Food and Drug Administration

Kimberly Struble
Division of Antiviral Drug Products
Food and Drug Administration

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