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President Clinton and Mylan Chairman and CEO Robert J. Coury Announce New Agreement to Lower Price of Treatment for Patients with Drug-Resistant HIV in Developing Countries
Date:8/6/2009

. Our affordable, heat-stable version of Ritonavir also represents another advance in the development of products that can withstand environmental conditions in parts of the world where treatment is desperately needed."

Coury continued: "We thank President Clinton and CHAI for their hard work and brilliant efforts in this battle and also appreciate their support of our efforts, which are intended to make these essential drugs more affordable and available to the patients who need them."

Matrix Founder and Vice Chairman N. Prasad added: "Enhancing the standards of care in the developing world is a top priority for Mylan and Matrix. Together we have done an extraordinary job developing a world-class ARV franchise in only a few years. Our efforts will continue along with other remarkable partner organizations such as CHAI."

"Second-line-in-a-box"

The new Matrix product announced today will create a more convenient second-line ARV treatment option. Patients will take three pills once a day instead of five or more pills twice a day (i.e. at least two in the morning and at least three in the evening) as required by alternative regimens. Additionally, the products will include the first-ever heat-stable version of Ritonavir, which does not require continuous refrigeration for its transport and distribution.

Noting advantages in convenience and affordability, WHO has identified the development of a second-line ARV therapy including Atazanavir and Ritonavir as a top priority. However, until now, this regimen has been largely unavailable since the existing Ritonavir formulation required continuous refrigeration, a major challenge for developing countries with limited infrastructure. Countries have begun to adopt this regimen in national treatment guidelines in anticipation of improved product features and pricing, and the Clinton Foundation expects many more to follow suit to take ad
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