Revolutionary HIV drug Fuzeon wins most prestigious award for innovation

Revolutionary HIV drug Fuzeon wins most prestigious award for innovationToday, HIV drug Fuzeon (enfuvirtide or T-20) was awarded the 2004 International Prix Galien for the most innovative new medicine. Fuzeon was selected out of 12 major new drugs in all therapeutic areas which each won national awards. Since 1970 Roche has won a total of 24 international and national Prix Galien medals, notably winning the international award twice in the field of HIV. This reflects Roche's strong track record in innovation across its entire product portfolio.

"Fuzeon was considered as the clear winner by the whole jury because it represents a new therapeutic approach, in fact the only new class of antiretroviral HIV drugs to emerge in the last eight years. Fuzeon markedly contributes to a significant increase in patients' quality of life", said Professor Walter Osswald, the President of the International Prix Galien Jury.

"This distinguished award is another testimony to Roche's unique innovation capabilities enhancing the development of truly novel medicines; this also brings great pride and motivation to everyone at Roche", said William M. Burns, Head of Roche's Pharmaceuticals Division. "However, innovation is only one milestone of Fuzeon's success; the next crucial step is getting the drug to those who need it."

Fuzeon bringing the medicine to patients

Despite this acknowledgement of the drug as a huge technological advance, Roche's latest research showed that as many as 4 out of 5 eligible patients are missing the opportunity to benefit from this breakthrough. To ensure all eligible patients who need Fuzeon can benefit from the drug Roche is currently working with physicians, patient organisations and government agencies. Education programmes are leading to improved access. Within just three months, Fuzeon patients are twice as likely to achieve undetectable levels of virus in their blood compared to those who are not taking Fuzeon1<

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