- Target disease: Paediatric HIV
- Main partners (since project start): Cipla, India; Department of Health, South Africa; Medical Research Council, UK; UNITAID; Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, USA; Médecins Sans Frontières; Necker Institute, France; various academic partners in South Africa and Kenya; AbbVie, USA; WuXi AppTech, China.
- Project start: 2012
- Funding (since project start): French Development Agency (AFD), France; Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders, International/Norway; Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Spain; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland; UNITAID, Switzerland.
The objective is to combine the four drugs needed for the treatment of paediatric HIV into an easy-to-use single unit, or fixed dose combination, which is heat-stable, taste-masked, solid, does not contain alcohol or inappropriate solvents.
A first-line “4-in-1” fixed-dose combination (abacavir/lamivudine/lopinavir/ritonavir) is on track to be submitted for registration in late 2018. In 2017, pharmacokinetic studies in healthy human volunteers were conducted with a final 4-in-1 formulation. Paediatric studies are planned in Uganda and South Africa.
Following preliminary studies, the best formulation candidates in terms of bioavailability and taste-masking have been chosen – out of the 30 formulations evaluated since 2014 – for testing in healthy human volunteers in on-going Phase I studies.
Last update: March 2018