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FDA accepts application for Merck HIV drug

NEW YORK (Associated Press) – Drugmaker Merck & Co. said Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted its supplemental new drug application for the HIV drug Isentress.

The company wants approval to market the drug for use with other medicines in new patients. It is now approved only for patients already treated with other medicines for the virus that causes AIDS.

Isentress works by blocking the integrase enzyme, which takes DNA from the HIV virus and puts it inside human cells, which then churn out more copies of the virus.

Merck said it expects FDA action in July.

The company’s shares rose 12 cents to $27.16 in after-hours trading Friday.

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Written by kickingalion

December 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm

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