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Atripla (Efavirenz / Emtricitabine / Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate) - Summary



Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogs alone or in combination with other antiretrovirals [See Warnings and Precautions].

ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and the safety and efficacy of ATRIPLA have not been established in patients coinfected with HBV and HIV-1. Severe acute exacerbations of hepatitis B have been reported in patients who have discontinued EMTRIVA or VIREAD, which are components of ATRIPLA. Hepatic function should be monitored closely with both clinical and laboratory follow-up for at least several months in patients who are coinfected with HIV-1 and HBV and discontinue ATRIPLA. If appropriate, initiation of anti-hepatitis B therapy may be warranted [See Warnings and Precautions].



ATRIPLA™ is a fixed dose combination tablet containing efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir DF). SUSTIVA® is the brand name for efavirenz, a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. EMTRIVA is the brand name for emtricitabine, a synthetic nucleoside analog of cytidine. VIREAD is the brand name for tenofovir DF, which is converted in vivo to tenofovir, an acyclic nucleoside phosphonate (nucleotide) analog of adenosine 5'-monophosphate. VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA®. ATRIPLA Tablets are for oral administration. Each tablet contains 600 mg of efavirenz, 200 mg of emtricitabine, and 300 mg of tenofovir DF (which is equivalent to 245 mg of tenofovir disoproxil) as active ingredients.

ATRIPLA is indicated for use alone as a complete regimen or in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults.

Description of Clinical Studies

Clinical Study 934 supports the use of ATRIPLA Tablets in antiretroviral treatment naïve HIV-1 infected patients. Additional data in support of the use of ATRIPLA in treatment naïve patients can be found in the prescribing information for VIREAD.

In antiretroviral treatment-experienced patients, the use of ATRIPLA Tablets may be considered for patients with HIV strains that are expected to be susceptible to the components of ATRIPLA as assessed by treatment history or by genotypic or phenotypic testing (see MICROBIOLOGY, Drug Resistance and Cross Resistance).

Study 934: Emtricitabine + Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate + Efavirenz Compared with Zidovudine/Lamivudine + Efavirenz

Data through 48 weeks are reported for Study 934, a randomized, open-label, active-controlled multicenter study comparing emtricitabine + tenofovir DF administered in combination with efavirenz versus zidovudine/lamivudine fixed-dose combination administered in combination with efavirenz in 511 antiretroviral-naïve patients. Patients had a mean age of 38 years (range 18–80), 86% were male, 59% were Caucasian and 23% were Black. The mean baseline CD4 cell count was 245 cells/mm3 (range 2–1191) and median baseline plasma HIV-1 RNA was 5.01 log10 copies/mL (range 3.56–6.54). Patients were stratified by baseline CD4 count (< or ≥ 200 cells/mm3) and 41% had CD4 cell counts <200 cells/mm3. Fifty-one percent (51%) of patients had baseline viral loads >100,000 copies/mL. Treatment outcomes through 48 weeks for those patients who did not have efavirenz resistance at baseline (n=487) are presented in Table 6.

Table 6 Outcomes of Randomized Treatment at Week 48 (Study 934)
Outcome at Week 48FTC + TDF + EFV
ResponderPatients achieved and maintained confirmed HIV-1 RNA <400 copies/mL through Week 48.84%73%
Virologic failureIncludes confirmed viral rebound and failure to achieve confirmed <400 copies/mL through Week 48.2%4%
  Never suppressed through week 480%0%
  Change in antiretroviral regimen1%1%
Discontinued due to adverse event4%9%
Discontinued for other reasonsIncludes lost to follow-up, patient withdrawal, noncompliance, protocol violation and other reasons.10%14%

The difference in the proportion of patients who achieved and maintained HIV-1 RNA <400 copies/mL through 48 weeks largely results from the higher number of discontinuations due to adverse events and other reasons in the zidovudine/lamivudine group in this open-label study. In addition, 80% and 70% of patients in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF and the zidovudine/lamivudine group, respectively, achieved and maintained HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL. The mean increase from baseline in CD4 cell count was 190 cells/mm3 in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group, and 158 cells/mm3 for the zidovudine/lamivudine group.

Through 48 weeks, 7 patients in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group and 5 patients in the zidovudine/lamivudine group experienced a new CDC Class C event.

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Published Studies Related to Atripla (Efavirenz / Emtricitabine / Tenofovir)

A randomized double-blind comparison of coformulated elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate versus efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for initial treatment of HIV-1 infection: analysis of week 96 results. [2013]
We report week 96 results from a phase 3 trial of elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (EVG/COBI/FTC/TDF, n = 348) vs efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (EFV/FTC/TDF, n = 352). At week 48, EVG/COBI/FTC/TDF was noninferior to EFV/FTC/TDF (88% vs 84%, difference +3.6%, 95% confidence interval: -1.6% to 8.8%)...

Randomized, phase 2 evaluation of two single-tablet regimens elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate versus efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for the initial treatment of HIV infection. [2011.03.27]
OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and efficacy of two, single-tablet regimens for the initial treatment of HIV infection. DESIGN: Phase 2, randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, multicenter, active-controlled study... CONCLUSION: Once-daily EVG/COBI/FTC/TDF achieved and maintained a high rate of virologic suppression with fewer central nervous system and psychiatric adverse events compared to a current standard-of-care regimen of EFV/FTC/TDF.

Patient-reported outcomes in virologically suppressed, HIV-1-Infected subjects after switching to a simplified, single-tablet regimen of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. [2010.02]
A randomized, open-label, multicenter study was conducted to evaluate the therapeutic switch to a single-tablet formulation of efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir DF (EFV/FTC/TDF) among virologically suppressed, HIV-1-infected subjects. Eligible subjects on stable antiretroviral therapy (ART) with HIV-1 RNA less than 200 copies per milliliter for 3 months or more were stratified by prior protease inhibitor (PI)- or non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI)-based therapy and randomized (2:1) to EFV/FTC/TDF or to stay on their baseline regimen (SBR)...

Simplification of antiretroviral therapy to a single-tablet regimen consisting of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate versus unmodified antiretroviral therapy in virologically suppressed HIV-1-infected patients. [2009.06.01]
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a simplification strategy for HIV-1-infected patients virologically suppressed on antiretroviral therapy (ART) by switching to a single-tablet regimen consisting of efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (EFV/FTC/TDF). DESIGN:: Prospective, randomized, controlled, open-label, multicenter study... CONCLUSION: Simplification to EFV/FTC/TDF maintained high and comparable rates of virologic suppression vs. SBR through 48 weeks.

Efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate single-tablet regimen (Atripla(R)): a review of its use in the management of HIV infection. [2010.12.03]
The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, efavirenz, and the two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir DF) are now available as a single-tablet regimen (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir DF 600 mg/200 mg/300 mg; Atripla(R))...

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Clinical Trials Related to Atripla (Efavirenz / Emtricitabine / Tenofovir)

Atripla to Raltegravir Switch Study [Recruiting]
The purpose of the study is to investigate the benefits of switching away from efavirenz (part of the combination pill, Atripla«) in patients with central nervous system side effects (such as insomnia {difficulty with sleeping}, bad dreams etc). The investigators will investigate the effect of switching to Truvada (a combination pill of tenofovir and emtricitabine, the other two components of Atripla) plus raltegravir.

Raltegravir is a licensed drug for HIV treatment which showed side effects were fewer in number when compared to efavirenz in 2 other clinical studies, where patients were starting HIV treatment for the first time.

This study will also investigate the safety (in terms of other side effects and the routine blood tests which the investigators ordinarily use to monitor your treatment) and monitor effectiveness, your viral load and CD4 counts, when you switch treatment from Atripla® to Truvada/raltegravir.

The Bioequivalence of Atripla in an Oral Liquid Formulation Compared With the Tablet Formulation in Healthy Volunteers [Recruiting]
The primary objective of this study is to determine the average bioequivalence of tenofovir, emtricitabine and efavirenz in an extemporaneously prepared oral liquid formulation (test formulation) compared with the commercially available tablet formulation (reference formulation). The study is designed as an open-label, randomized, 2-period, 2-treatment, 2-sequence, single-dose intensive pharmacokinetic study conducted in healthy volunteers. Subjects will be randomized to receive the Atripla tablet (reference formulation) or the Atripla tablet crushed and mixed in OraSweet solution (test formulation) on Study Day 1. Subjects will undergo a 12-hour intensive pharmacokinetic evaluation after ingesting a single dose of either the test or reference formulation. On days 2 and 3, subjects will provide an additional pharmacokinetic sample 24 and 48 hours post dose, respectively. Subjects will complete a washout period from day 2 to day 14 during which no study drugs will be ingested. On day 14, subjects will ingest either the reference or test formulation (opposite of the formulation received on Study Day 1). All subjects will undergo another 12-hour intensive pharmacokinetic evaluation. On days 16 and 17 subjects will provide an additional pharmacokinetic sample 24 and 48 hours post dose, respectively. Adverse events and concomitant medications will be documented throughout the study.

The sample size is 16 and is based upon a 10% drop-out rate (i. e. due to lost to follow-up, treatment discontinuation, etc.). Since the investigators are expecting two subjects not to complete the study, the investigators expect 14 evaluable subjects. If the discontinuation rate is greater than 10%, the investigators will continue to enroll until the investigators get 14 evaluable subjects. The primary endpoint is to determine average bioequivalence for test and reference formulations of tenofovir, emtricitabine and efavirenz according to the FDA guidance on bioequivalence testing. The ratio of the test to reference formulation mean Cmax and AUC24 for each drug and the 90% confidence interval around each mean ratio will be determined. Average bioequivalence will be met if 90% confidence intervals around the Cmax, and AUC24 mean ratios for each drug falls within the FDA's predefined limits of 0. 80 to 1. 25.

Trial of TDF/FTC + Raltegravir Versus TDF/FTC + Efavirenz in HIV-1-Infected Women [Not yet recruiting]
Raltegravir not only has a unique mechanism of action, but may also have other unique effects on suppression of viral replication, viral reservoir, and immune reconstitution in blood and other important compartments. This may in part be due to the pharmacokinetics of Raltegravir in blood and gut tissue. Efavirenz will be the comparator antiretroviral drug in this study, with both drugs being used as part of a three-drug regimen with tenofovir and emtricitabine.

The primary objectives are to determine differences in the effects of 2 anti-retroviral regimens, Raltegravir + Truvada versus Atripla, with respect to:

1. Viral load in plasma, genital tract (vaginal secretions), and gut (by in situ hybridization).

2. Latent viral reservoir (pro-viral DNA) in the peripheral blood and genital tract.

3. Immune effects (CD4/CD8 immunophenotypes) in gut and PBMCs and plasma cytokine profiles.

The secondary objective is to determine the pharmacokinetics of Raltegravir in blood and gut tissue; relative tissue/compartment penetration compared to Efavirenz.

ONCE - Only Nocturnal Combination Evaluation of Antiretroviral-Experienced HIV 1 Infected Subjects Switching to Atripla [Recruiting]
A single tablet regimen (STR) of efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir DF) is the first complete HAART that is offered as one tablet once a day. The individual components of this HAART regimen have demonstrated efficacy and safety in HIV treatment-naive patients and offer simplification that in turn may increase adherence and improve clinical outcomes. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness (efficacy, safety and tolerability) of a STR simplification strategy in patients on HAART who have achieved viral suppression in a real world clinical setting.

Sleep and Cognition After Atripla to Stribild Switch [Recruiting]
Atripla and Stribild are two FDA-Approved one pill a day combination antiretroviral medications given for the treatment of HIV. Both drugs are reasonably well tolerated. However, efavirenz, a component of Atripla, is known to cause "mental" side effects. This proposal aims to assess whether a switch from Atripla to Stribild for 12 weeks will be associated with reversal of sleep and cognitive disturbances. Demonstrating changes upon withdrawal of drug and substitution of a drug regimen not known to have an impact on sleep and cognition may represent the best option to determine whether use of efavirenz is associated with effects on sleep and cognition beyond the immediate period following initiation of drug.

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Reports of Suspected Atripla (Efavirenz / Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) Side Effects

Dyspnoea (25)Anaemia (25)Chest Pain (21)Aplasia Pure RED Cell (21)Lethargy (20)Cardiac Failure (20)Megakaryocytes Increased (19)Histiocytosis Haematophagic (19)RED Blood Cell Abnormality (18)Bone Marrow Disorder (18)more >>


Based on a total of 1 ratings/reviews, Atripla has an overall score of 10. The effectiveness score is 10 and the side effect score is 6. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.

Atripla review by 37 year old male patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   HIV
Dosage & duration:   600mg taken every night at 9pm for the period of been on it for one year
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
Reported Results
Benefits:   increased CD4 count,and lower viral load.
Side effects:   flushed face, sleepiness, equilibrium out of balance
Comments:   one pill everynight at 9pm for as long as the treatment works, can be very long term.

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