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Investigational COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Granted Fast Track Status

April 25, 2023 • 10:51 am CDT
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Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track designation to bemnifosbuvir for treating COVID-19.

Bemnifosbuvir (AT-527) is an oral, direct-acting antiviral drug candidate, a nucleotide polymerase inhibitor that targets the SARS-CoV-2 RNA polymerase, a highly conserved gene that is unlikely to change as the coronavirus mutates and variants continue to emerge.

Recent in vitro data confirmed that bemnifosbuvir is active with similar efficacy against all variants of concern and variants of interest that have been tested, including Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.

Bemnifosbuvir is being evaluated in the global Phase 3 SUNRISE-3 registrational trial for the treatment of COVID-19 in outpatients at high risk for disease progression regardless of vaccination status.

This evaluation includes patients over the age of 80, patients 65 years or older with at least one major risk factor, and anyone over the age of 18 who is immunocompromised.

Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Atea Pharmaceuticals, commented in a press release on April 25, 2023, "Due to the limitations of current antiviral treatments, including drug-drug interactions and potential risks for genotoxicity and reproductive toxicity, as well as the ability of the virus to evade vaccines and monoclonal antibodies, new treatment options are urgently needed."

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