US drugs agency approves new HIV drug

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a once-daily, single-tablet regimen produced by Mylan for the HIV treatment in adult and pediatric patients weighing at least 88 pounds.

The medication, called Symfi, is designed to treat HIV Type 1, the most common strain of the virus.

Cecil-based Mylan said in 2017 that HIV medications were the highest pharmacy expenditure for Medicaid, the third highest for health exchange plans and the fifth highest for commercial plans. Overall, total spending on HIV drugs has more than tripled since 2017, Mylan said.

The introduction of Symfi comes after the FDA’s recent approval of two Mylan antiretroviral medications, Cimduo and Symfi Lo.

“As the largest supplier of antiretrovirals by volume in the world, Mylan has a longstanding commitment to expanding affordable access to treatments for people living with HIV,” Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said in a statement.