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Approval Status: Approved November 1997
Treatment Area: HIV infection
Fortovase (saquinavir) has been approved as a treatment for HIV,
the virus that causes AIDS. Fortovase is a new formulation of
Invirase, another protease inhibitor manufactured by Hoffman La
Roche. It comes in a soft gelatin capsule that delivers more drug
than Invirase, and it stays in the body at increased levels.
A controlled clinical study showed that at 16 weeks of
treatment, twice as many patients who took Fortovase had
undetectable virus levels in the blood compared to those who took
The most common adverse effects are gastrointestinal, including
diarrhea, nausea and abdominal discomfort.