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Generic Oral d4T Approved
  On October 29, 2007, FDA granted tentative approval for a generic formulation of stavudine for oral solution, manufactured by Cipla, Limited, of Mumbai, India.
Stavudine is a Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTI) indicated for used in combination with other antiretroviral agents in the treatment of HIV infection. This is the second tentatively approved generic version of the approved product, Zerit for oral solution, manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. This child-friendly product is indicated for use in pediatric patients with HIV from birth through adolescence.
"Tentative Approval" means that FDA has concluded that a drug product has met all required quality, safety and efficacy standards, even though it may not yet be marketed in the U.S. because of existing patents and/or exclusivity rights. However, tentative approval does make the product eligible for consideration for purchase under the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief, commonly referred to as the PEPFAR program.
As with all generic applications, FDA conducts an on-site inspection of each manufacturing facility and of the facilities performing the bioequivalence studies prior to granting approval or tentative approval to these applications to evaluate the ability of the manufacturer to produce a quality product and to assess the quality of the bioequivalence data supporting the application.
Richard Klein
Office of Special Health Issues
Food and Drug Administration
Kimberly Struble
Division of Antiviral Drug Products
Food and Drug Administration
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