Drug Profile


Alternative Names: AK-120; BRL-42810; Famvir

Latest Information Update: 24 Mar 2018

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At a glance

  • Originator GlaxoSmithKline
  • Developer Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp; Astellas Pharma; GlaxoSmithKline; Maruho; Novartis; Solvay
  • Class Antivirals; Nucleosides; Purines; Small molecules
  • Mechanism of Action DNA-directed DNA polymerase 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 Herpes simplex virus infections; Herpes zoster; Herpesvirus infections
  • No development reported Herpes labialis
  • Discontinued Epstein-Barr virus infections; Hepatitis B

Most Recent Events

  • 01 Mar 2016 Maruho initiates a phase III trial for Herpes simplex virus infections in Japan (PO) (JapicCTI-163223)
  • 21 Feb 2013 Registered for Herpes simplex virus infections in Japan (PO)
  • 31 Jan 2012 Preregistration for Herpes simplex virus infections in Japan (PO)
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