CORK, Ireland, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tibotec Pharmaceuticals today announced that it has granted multiple non-exclusive licenses to generic manufacturers including Hetero Drugs Limited, Matrix Laboratories Limited (a Mylan company) of India and Aspen Pharmacare of South Africa to manufacture, market and distribute the investigational non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor rilpivirine hydrochloride (TMC278), pending its approval for use with other antiretroviral agents in the treatment of treatment-naive HIV-1 infected adults. The generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in India will have rights to market the product in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and India. Aspen will have rights to market the product in SSA including South Africa. Under the agreement, the generic manufacturers will be entitled to manufacture once-daily 25 mg TMC278 as a single agent medicine and a fixed-dose combination (FDC) product. Fixed-dose combinations contain multiple medicines formulated into one tablet helping to simplify HIV therapy and are preferred by public health treatment programs. Tibotec has chosen to collaborate with multiple manufacturers in order to ensure the widespread and sustainable access to, and supply of, TMC278 in areas of high HIV burden and to support generic competition.
Tibotec specializes in the research and development of new medicines for infectious diseases including HIV. It plays a key role in the Johnson & Johnson Global Access & Partnerships Program, which is committed to improving and saving lives by addressing unmet medical needs and ensuring the availability of HIV medicines to patients in need. The Program is already working, through existing agreements with generic manufacturers Aspen of South Africa and Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd of India to broaden access to the medicines darunavir and etravirine in SSA and LDCs and to darunavir in India.
"We believe that voluntary licensing is an important mechanism by which to expand access to our HIV portfolio, including our newest medicines," said Will Stephens, Vice President of Global Access & Partnerships for Janssen Global Services, LLC. "Multiple licenses in place for TMC278 with generic manufacturers made before final regulatory approval in the U.S. and Europe underscore the seriousness and speed with which we're working to ensure that all patients in need, not just those in Western markets, will have timely access to the most current regimens."
Tibotec will provide the generic manufacturers with the technical information and knowledge to allow them to manufacture the single agent product. The generic manufacturers will pay royalties ranging from two to five percent. The generic manufacturers will be responsible for timely regulatory filing for generic TMC278 and for seeking pre-qualification from the World Health Organization (WHO) and ANDA approvals. To keep medicines affordable, the generic manufacturers are required to limit their gross profit margin on the sale of TMC278. Prior to the signing of these agreements, Tibotec submitted TMC278 for regulatory approval in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Russia and South Korea. Upon approval, it is expected that TMC278, in combination with other antiretroviral medicinal products, will be indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in treatment-naïve adult patients.
The agreements cover the manufacture of TMC278 as a single agent medicine and a license to develop an FDC product using TMC278 with 300 mg tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and 300 mg lamivudine.
In July 2009, Tibotec announced that it had entered into a license and collaboration agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. for the development and commercialization of a new, once-daily, fixed-dose antiretroviral product containing Tibotec's investigational non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) TMC278 (rilpivirine hydrochloride) and Gilead's Truvada® (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate). Tibotec and Gilead are committed to working together to make the fixed-dose combination of TMC278 and Truvada available in the developing world and are working towards a separate agreement for these countries.
Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, based in Cork, Ireland, is a pharmaceutical research and development company and one of the companies that compose the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Tibotec is dedicated to the discovery and development of innovative HIV/AIDS drugs and anti-infectives for diseases of high unmet medical need. The Company's main research and development facilities are in Beerse, Belgium with offices in Titusville, NJ.
Tibotec has developed a Global Access & Partnerships Program to facilitate access to its antiretrovirals for patients living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries. The Global Access & Partnerships Program for darunavir and etravirine includes access pricing, registration, medical education for appropriate use and voluntary licensing.
(This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from Tibotec Pharmaceuticals' and/or Johnson & Johnson's expectations and projections. Risks and uncertainties include general industry conditions and competition; economic conditions, such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; technological advances and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approvals; domestic and foreign health care reforms and governmental laws and regulations; and trends toward health care cost containment. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Exhibit 99 of Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010. Copies of this Form 10-K, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. Neither Tibotec Pharmaceuticals nor Johnson & Johnson undertake to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.)
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