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FDA approves Egrifta (tesamorelin) to treat Lipodystrophy in HIV patients
November 08, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Egrifta (tesamorelin) to treat HIV patients with lipodystrophy, a condition in which excess fat develops in different areas of the body, most notably around the liver, stomach, and other abdominal organs. The condition is associated with many antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV.

Egrifta, the first FDA-approved treatment for lipodystrophy, is a growth hormone releasing factor (GRF) drug that is administered in a once-daily injection.

Whether Egrifta decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease or improves compliance with antiretroviral drugs has not been studied.

Egrifta was evaluated in two clinical trials involving 816 HIV-infected adult men and women with lipodystrophy and excess abdominal fat. Of these, 543 patients received Egrifta during a 26-week, placebo-controlled period. In both studies, patients treated with Egrifta experienced greater reductions in abdominal fat as measured by CT scan, compared with patients receiving another injectable solution (placebo). Some patients reported improvements in their self image.

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