Drug That Can Cure FIP
GC376 Is the Cure for FIP for Some Cats
Finally, it’s begun to pay off. A recent media release announced licensure and commercial development of GC376, an antiviral drug meant for use in people originally.
GC376 has cured some cats with FIP. The research on the drug was coordinated between Kim and Pedersen.
Because of the research results, the Kansas State University of Commercialization has announced they have coordinated a licensing agreement with Anivive Lifesciences, a California company with proprietary software able to advance discovery and development of new pet medications. While GC376 is still several years from release. If FDA approval is successful, it promises to revolutionize treatment of this fatal disease.
While this drug has been successful at treating some cats, Susan Gringrich, member of the Winn Board of Directors and founder of the Bria Fund notes that kittens with dry FIP (one of two types of this disease) are not affected by drug, only younger kittens with the wet form. Also, there may be (potentially significant) side effects to the drug.”
This Drug Is Only a Start
Still Gingrich is elated that some cats have been cured. “I never thought I’d see this happen in my lifetime,” she says. “This drug (GC376) has cured cats for FIP, including Peter Cohen’s high profile cat named Smokey. I define cure as more than year (in remission), but Smokey went two years. It all so exciting.”