-- Continuing to innovate with an eye on the needs of the developing
-- Investing in manufacturing capacity to ensure consistent, quality
-- Offering tiered and affordable pricing;
-- Broadening registration of life-enhancing medicines; and
-- Focusing on pediatric HIV care.
"Bringing a heat-stable tablet version of lopinavir/ritonavir to South Africa is another example of Abbott's commitment to working with the business community and health community to improve health systems and address challenges of capacity building and access in Africa and beyond," said Scott Brun, M.D., divisional vice president, infectious diseases and immunology development, Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abbott.
Lopinavir/ritonavir has been available in soft-gel capsules (known as Kaletra(R)) and as an oral solution since it was first approved in the United States in September 2000. Using its breakthrough Meltrex(TM) technology, Abbott developed the tablet formulation, which maintains a similar safety and efficacy profile as the soft-gel capsule. The tablet formulation received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 and the European Medicines Agency in 2006.
Progress on Global Registration of Lopinavir/Ritonavir Tablets
Abbott has worked diligently to register the tablet around the world. Today, the tablet is filed, available (where no regulatory approval is needed) or approved in 154 countries. The original lopinavir/ritonavir capsule is registered in 118 countries, making it the most widely registered HIV medicine in the world (according to WHO data).
The lopinavir/ritonavir tablet is now filed, available or approved in nearly every African country (48 countries), where the majority of the world's people with HIV live. In addition to South Africa, the tablet is available or approved in: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Camoros, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conarkry, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.
Availability of Lower-Strength Lopinavir/Ritonavir Tablets
Abbott also has filed its lower-strength lopinavir/ritonavir tablet, suitable for pediatric use, in South Africa. This new formulation represents a significant advancement for clinicians and patients in developing countries, where more than 2 million of the estimated 2.5 million children with HIV/AIDS under 15 years of age, worldwide, lived in 2007. The lower-strength tablet formulation contains 100 mg of lopinavir and 25 mg of ritonavir. The lower-strength tablet is filed, available or approved in more than 80 countries around the world. Abbott intends to make the lower-strength tablet available or approved in 155 countries around the world, just as it will with the adult tablet.
About Abbott's Commitment to Fighting HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a global problem that demands shared commitment and shared responsibility. Abbott is committed to working with governments, multilateral organizations, nongovernmental organizations and patient groups to expand access to HIV treatments around the world. Abbott has also made significant investments in expanding manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for HIV treatment in developing countries.
Abbott's lopinavir/ritonavir formulations are among the lowest-priced protease inhibitors in the developing world. Abbott has been providing its HIV medicines at a price of US$500 per adult patient per year in all African and least developed countries since 2002, making these medicines more affordable than any generic copies.
Abbott and the company's philanthropic foundation, Abbott Fund, have invested more than US$100 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa and the developing world. Abbott Fund-supported programs have served more than 700,000 children and families. In addition, more than 250,000 patients have been tested through Abbott Fund-supported voluntary counseling and testing programs, with thousands being referred to treatment programs. Abbott also has donated more than 8 million rapid HIV tests to help prevent mother-to- child HIV transmission.
Abbott and Abbott Fund have announced several efforts to expand access to treatment and care for children living with HIV/AIDS, including an additional investment of US$12 million in grants and product donations this year.
For more information about Abbott's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, please visit http://www.abbott.com/hiv.
Indication and Important Safety Information for lopinavir/ritonavir
Aluvia is indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infected adults and children above the age of 2 years. It is used in combination with other antiretroviral agents.
Aluvia does not cure HIV infection or AIDS and does not reduce the risk of passing HIV to others.
Important Safety Information
Aluvia should not be taken by patients who have had an allergic reaction to any of its ingredients, including lopinavir or ritonavir, or any of the excipients, or by patients with severe liver problems.