ElsulfavirineOther Names: Elpida, VM-1500, prodrug of VM-1500A Drug Class: Non-nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Molecular Formula: C24 H17 Br Cl2 F N3 O5 S Registry Number: 868046-19-9 (CAS) Chemical Name: N-(4-((2-(4-Bromo-3-(3-chloro-5-cyano-phenoxy)-2-fluoro-phenyl)acetyl)amino)-3-chloro-phenyl)sulfonylpropanamide
R-1206 Organization: Viriom Phase of Development: Elsulfavirine is in Phase II/III study for HIV treatment. In June 2017, elsulfavirine received marketing approval in Russia for the treatment of HIV.
(Compound details obtained from ChemIDplus Advanced,1 NIAID Therapeutics Database,2 Viriom press release,3 and ClinicalTrials.gov4)
What is Elsulfavirine?
Elsulfavirine belongs to a class (group) of HIV drugs called non-inhibitors (NNRTIs).2,6 NNRTIs attach to and block an HIV called reverse transcriptase.
Studies have shown that elsulfavirine appears effective for treating HIV in people who have never taken HIV medicines.6,7 Elsulfavirine may also be effective against certain strains of HIV that can no longer be controlled by(FDA)-approved NNRTIs.8
Researchers plan to study a long-acting injectable form of elsulfavirine to prevent HIV infection.5
Which clinical trials are studying Elsulfavirine?
Study Name: NCT02485509
Status: This study has been completed.
Purpose: This study was conducted in two parts. The purpose of Part 1 of the study was to evaluate the safety and drug properties of elsulfavirine in healthy people without HIV. Part 2 was designed to examine the safety, effectiveness, and drug properties of elsulfavirine in people with HIV. In both parts of the study, elsulfavirine was compared to .9
Study Name: NCT02489461
Status: This study has been completed.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to (1) determine the most effective of elsulfavirine, and (2) compare the safety and effectiveness of elsulfavirine to the FDA-approved HIV medicine efavirenz (brand name: Sustiva).4
For more details on the studies listed above, see the Health Professional version of this drug summary.
What side effects might Elsulfavirine cause?
One goal of HIV research is to identify new drugs that have fewer side effects. The following side effects were observed in the studies of elsulfavirine listed above.NCT02485509:
In Part 2 of this Phase Ib/IIa study, reported side effects included mild dry mouth, mild headache, and excessive urination.7,9NCT02489461:
In the first part this Phase II/III trial, side effects caused by the study drugs occurred more often in participants taking efavirenz than in participants taking elsulfavirine. Brain-related side effects that commonly occurred in participants taking VM-1500 included headache, unusual dreams, dizziness, problems with sleep, drowsiness, , and nightmares. All of these side effects, plus insomnia and memory problems, occurred in the efavirenz group.4,10
In the second part of this Phase II/III trial, the most common side effects reported by participants taking elsulfavirine or efavirenz were headache, dizziness, and sleep disorders. Abnormal dreams, skin rash, and itchiness occurred only in participants taking efavirenz. One participant receiving elsulfavirine and 7 participants receiving efavirenz dropped out of the study because of a side effect.6
Because elsulfavirine is still being studied, information on possible side effects of the drug is not complete. As testing of elsulfavirine continues, additional information on possible side effects will be gathered.
Where can I get more information about clinical trials studying Elsulfavirine?
More information about elsulfavirine–related research studies is available from the database of study summaries. Click on the title of any trial in the list to see the ClinicalTrials.gov trial summary and more information about the study.
Some clinical trials may be looking for volunteer participants. Your health care provider can help you decide whether participating in a NIH Clinical Research Trials and You.is right for you. For information, visit
- United States National Library of Medicine. ChemIDplus advanced. Available at: https://chem.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/rn/868046-19-9. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). NIAID ChemDB, HIV Drugs in Development. Available at: https://chemdb.niaid.nih.gov/DrugDevelopmentHIV.aspx. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- Viriom. Press release, dated July 25, 2017. Viriom obtains first market approval of elsulfavirine (Elpida®) for treatment of HIV-1 infection in Russia. Available at: https://www.viriom.com/news/2017/11/30/viriom-obtains-first-market-approval-of-elsulfavirine-elpida-for-treatment-of-hiv-1-infection-in-russia. Last accessed on June 28, 2018. [Archived at WebCite]
- Viriom. International, multicenter, randomized, partially blind clinical study to evaluate efficacy, safety and selection of the optimal dose for VM-1500 in comparison to efavirenz in combination with two NRTIs in treatment-naive, HIV-1 infected patients. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered on June 18, 2015. NLM Identifier: NCT02489461. Available at: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02489461. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- Viriom, Inc. website. Pipeline. Available at: https://www.viriom.com/pipeline/. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- Murphy RL, Kravchenko AV, Orlova-Morozova EA, et al. Elsulfavirine as compared to efavirenz in combination with TDF/FTC: 48-week study. Poster presented at: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI); February 13-16, 2017; Seattle, Washington. Poster 452LB. Available at: http://www.croiconference.org/sites/default/files/posters-2017/452LB_Murphy.pdf. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- Ratanasuwan W, Werarak P, Murphy RL, Bichko V. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of VM-1500 in HIV-naive patients. Abstract presented at: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI); March 3-6, 2014; Boston, Massachusetts. Abstract 544LB. Available at: http://www.croiconference.org/sites/default/files/abstracts/544LB.pdf. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- Viriom, Inc.: Press Release, dated November 19, 2013. Viriom expands global licensing agreement with Roche for innovative HIV treatment compound development. Available at: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/viriom-expands-global-licensing-agreement-with-roche-innovative-compound-development-1854681.htm. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- Viriom. Phase Ib/IIa, single-centre, placebo-controlled randomized study of safety and pharmacokinetics in healthy volunteers and safety, tolerability and antiviral activity of VM-1500 in patients with human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered on June 18, 2015. NLM Identifier: NCT02485509. Available at: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02485509. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
- Kravchenko AV, Orlova-Morozova EA, Nagimova FI, et al. Safety and antiviral effect of Elpida (VM-1500), a novel NNRTI (+Truvada) in treatment-naive HIV-1 infected patients. Poster presented at: European AIDS Conference (EAC); October 21-24, 2015; Barcelona, Spain. Poster PE7/4. Available at: http://rusnanonet.ru/download/documents/barcelona2015.pdf. Last accessed on June 28, 2018.
Last Reviewed: August 13, 2018