The study showed long-acting cabotegravir and rilpivirine, injected once a month, had similar efficacy to Triumeq at Week 48 based on the proportion of participants with plasma HIV-1 RNA ≥50 copies per millilitre [c/mL] using the FDA Snapshot algorithm. Overall safety, virologic response and drug resistance results for the injectable regimen were consistent with results from the phase II LATTE and LATTE-2 studies.
John C. Pottage, Jr., MD, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of ViiV Healthcare, said: “The FLAIR data provide further evidence that a long-acting, injectable 2DR of cabotegravir and rilpivirine may offer an alternative to daily, oral therapy for people who have previously achieved viral suppression.This innovative dosing regimen could transform HIV therapy by reducing the number of days a person receives treatment from 365 to 12. Work on new methods of HIV treatment, including long-acting injectable therapies, supports our goal of making HIV a smaller part of the lives of people living with HIV.
Detailed results from the study will be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting.
FLAIR is ViiV Healthcare’s second, phase III clinical trial to examine the safety and efficacy of monthly dosing of injectable formulations of cabotegravir and rilpivirine. The ATLAS (Antiretroviral Therapy as Long Acting Suppression) study, for which positive headline data was reported in August, compares a long-acting, injectable regimen against the continuation of current daily oral antiretroviral therapy in virologically suppressed, treatment-experienced patients.ViiV Healthcare plans to use pooled data from the FLAIR and ATLAS studies for future regulatory submissions.
This investigational, long-acting, injectable regimen is being co-developed as part of a collaboration with Janssen Sciences Ireland UC and is not approved by regulatory authorities anywhere in the world.
30 October 2018