Company news: AstraZeneca, ViiV
ViiV healthcare partners GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Shionogi announced Monday that the experimental HIV drug dolutegravir reduced the virus levels among hard-to-treat patients who were part of the Phase III Viking study. The study showed that the virus was undetectable in 63% of the 183 patients after 24 weeks, reported Bloomberg. These patients were unresponsive to several antivirals. The announcement is soon after GSK traded Shionogi shares in ViiV for ownership of the partnership's HIV therapy portfolio.