India, China to produce generic of Gilead’s TAF

Post a crucial agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool, Gilead Sciences has allowed India and China to produce generic of its HIV/HBV Drug

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Currently 5.4 million people are receiving Gilead HIV medicines in low and middle-income countries through the company's access initiatives

Gilead have allowed generic manufacturers in India and China to produce generic versions of its HBV and HIV drug, tenofovir alafenamide (TAF).

The company is in agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool allowing generics manufacturers from both the Asian nations to produce TAF.

Making the announcement at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, Gilead said that its agreement with MPP is mainly to expand access to their investigational drug tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) for HIV and hepatitis B, contingent on the medicine's US regulatory approval.

Reports added that under the agreement, the MPP can sub-license TAF to generic drug companies in India and China, who may manufacture and distribute it in 112 developing countries.

"The Medicines Patent Pool plays a critical role in efforts to expand access to HIV treatment in the developing world," Mr Gregg H. Alton, executive vice president for Corporate and Medical Affairs at Gilead Sciences explained. He added, "By expanding our partnership to include TAF today, we hope to lay the groundwork for the rapid introduction of generic versions should it receive regulatory approval."

 

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