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Astra's Foscavir approved for acyclovir-resistant herpes infections in immunocompromised patients.

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ASTRA USA FOSCAVIR APPROVAL FOR TREATMENT OF ACYCLOVIR-RESISTANT HSV indication makes the antiviral drug the first approved therapy for acyclovir-resistant herpes simplex virus infections in immunocompromised patients. Foscavir (foscarnet sodium) has been on the market since September 1991 as a treatment for AIDS-related cytomegalovirus retinitis. Glaxo Wellcome's Zovirax (acyclovir) is the first-line treatment for HSV.
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