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Baraclude (entecavir) Tablets and Oral Solution

Audience: Infectious disease specialists and other healthcare professionals

[UPDATE 08/16/2007] FDA and Bristol-Myers Squibb notified healthcare professionals of revisions to the following sections of the Baraclude prescribing information: BOXED WARNINGS, MICROBIOLOGY/Antiviral Activity against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), WARNINGS/Co-infection with HIV, PRECAUTIONS/Information for Patients, and Patient Package Insert. Baraclude therapy is not recommended for HIV/hepatitis B virus (HBV) co-infected patients who are not also receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) due to the potential for the development of HIV resistance.

[Posted 02/24/2007] FDA and Bristol-Myers Squibb notified healthcare professionals of revisions to the MICROBIOLOGY/Antiviral Activity and INDICATIONS AND USAGE/Description of Clinical Studies/Special Populations sections of the prescribing information for Baraclude. The revised labeling is the result of a case report in which a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) variant containing the M184V resistance substitution was documented during Baraclude treatment for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in an HIV/HBV co-infected patient who was not simultaneously receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

Current treatment guidelines recommend Baraclude as an option for treatment of HBV in the HIV/HBV co-infected adult patient who does not qualify for HAART. Healthcare professionals are advised that when considering therapy with Baraclude in an HIV/HBV co-infected patient not receiving HAART, the risk of developing HIV resistance cannot be excluded based on current information.

[August 16, 2007 - Letter - Bristol-Myers Squibb]
[July 24, 2007 - Label - Bristol-Myers Squibb]

 

[February 2007 – Letter – Bristol-Myers Squibb]
[February 2007 – Label – Bristol-Myers Squibb]