Cipla launches HIV/AIDS treatment kit at Rs 158
Posted on: 05:37 PM IST Aug 14, 2012
New Delhi: Drug major Cipla on Tuesday said it has launched 'Qvir', a four-drug kit priced at Rs 158 per kit to be used for treating HIV/AIDS. The kit consists of two tablets packaged together in one strip which represents a single day's treatment, Cipla said in a statement.
Commenting on the introduction Cipla Chairman and Managing Director YK Hamied said: "While we are committed to making drugs affordable and accessible, we also endeavour to have more options for HIV infected patients, which are potent, effective, patient-friendly and easy to take".
As the tablets are packaged together in one strip, the patient does not have to remember which tablet he took, and cannot mistakenly take two of the same tablet, the company said.
Studies of this combination regimen (one tablet having combination of Tenofovir plus Emtricitabine and the other containing a combination of Atazanavir plus Ritonavirhave) have shown that it is effective and well tolerated by over 80 per cent of patients, it added.
Qvir kit is manufactured in Cipla's manufacturing facility in Patalganga, the company said.
Cipla is known for introducing HIV/AIDS treatment at a fraction of the international prices, but also for pioneering the 3-in-1 combinations.
Shares of Cipla on Tuesday settled at Rs 348.95 on the BSE, down 0.29 per cent from their previous close.