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Tentative approval of fixed dose combination of lamivudine/zidovudine tablets for pediatric dosing

On July 23, 2009, FDA granted tentative approval to fixed dose combination lamivudine/zidovudine tablets, 30mg/60mg, for pediatric use, manufactured by Aurobindo Pharma Limited of Hyberdad, India. The application was reviewed under expedited review provisions for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Zidovudine and lamivudine are anti-viral drugs indicated for use in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Combination products such as this one can decrease pill burden and may result in improved dosing compliance for HIV infected individuals. The scored tablets permit greater flexibility in dosing small children.

"Tentative approval" means that FDA has concluded that a drug product meets all required quality, safety and efficacy standards, but is not presently eligible for final approval for marketing in the U.S. because of existing patents and/or exclusivity rights. However, tentative approval does make the product eligible for purchase and use outside the United States under PEPFAR.

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

A list of all Approved and Tentatively Approved Antiretrovirals in Association with the President's Emergency Plan is available on the FDA website.

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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