Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that the continuing uptake of new therapies, including Bristol- Myers Squibb/Gilead's Atripla and Johnson & Johnson/Tibotec's Prezista, and the launch of several novel agents, such as Merck's raltegravir and Pfizer's maraviroc, will drive near-term expansion of the HIV market.

According to the new Pharmacor report Emerging HIV Therapies, Atripla will address the significant need for a more-convenient therapy, while the efficacy of Prezista, raltegravir, and maraviroc will benefit highly treatment- experienced patients. The report, which contains insights from detailed thought-leading clinician interviews regarding novel drug targets and treatment approaches complemented by the results of a survey involving more than 140 research scientists, finds that a broad range of novel antiretrovirals, vaccines, microbicides, and gene-based therapies are under investigation for HIV.

The report also finds that, despite the tremendous success of Bristol- Myers Squibb's Sustiva, a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), as a first-line agent, physicians interviewed believe the drug's safety profile leaves it vulnerable to competition for first-line treatment of HIV.

"Many thought leaders believe that a novel NNRTI or an agent from another class with the efficacy and convenience of Sustiva-but with an improved safety profile-would stand a strong chance of competing with Sustiva as a first-line therapy," said Sylvia Eash, Ph.D., analyst at Decision Resources, Inc.

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