The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ViiV Healthcare’s Cabenuva (cabotegravir, rilpivirine) for the treatment of HIV-1 in virologically suppressed adolescents (HIV-1 RNA less than 50 copies per milliliter [c/mL]) who are 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 35kg on a stable antiretroviral regimen, with no history of treatment failure, and with no known or suspected resistance to either cabotegravir or rilpivirine.

ViiV Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceutical’s Cabenuva treatment for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) received a label update as adult patients now have the option to start the injectable regimen without the need for an oral lead-in period first.

Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline will receive $1.25 billion from Gilead Sciences as part of a settlement between GSK’s HIV medicines unit and the U.S.-based drugmaker, ending a long-drawn patent dispute.

ViiV Healthcare’s HIV treatment Cabenuva was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use every two months, meaning patients only have to receive an injectable dose six times per year.

In the 40 years since the HIV epidemic first came to light, treatment options for those infected have come a long way. During January 2021, the FDA approved ViiV Healthcare’s Cabenuva as the very first once-a-month injection for HIV patients. But the Research Triangle pharma is not satisfied yet.