Drug Profile


Alternative Names: 3TC; 3TC-HBV; BCH 189; BCH 790; Epivir; Epivir-HBV; GR 103665; GR 109714X; Heptodin®; Heptovir; NGPB 21; Victron; Zeffix; Zefix

Latest Information Update: 10 Sep 2017

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At a glance

  • Originator Shire Pharmaceuticals Group
  • Developer Ajinomoto; Aspen Pharmacare; GlaxoSmithKline; GlaxoSmithKline KK
  • Class Antiretrovirals; Deoxyribonucleosides; Dideoxynucleosides; Pyrimidine nucleosides; Small molecules
  • Mechanism of Action Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Hepatitis B; HIV infections; Liver cirrhosis

Most Recent Events

  • 15 Mar 2016 Biomarkers information updated
  • 06 Jun 2012 First generic equivalent available in United Kingdom and Italy for HIV infections
  • 16 Sep 2005 Registered for Cirrhosis in Japan (PO)
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