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What is the difference between Biktarvy and Descovy?

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Official Answer by Drugs.com 7 Mar 2018

The difference between Biktarvy (generic name: bictegravir, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide, or BIC/FTC/TAF) and Descovy (generic name: emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide) is that Biktarvy contains an extra active ingredient called bictegravir. Bictegravir is classified as an integrase strand transfer inhibitor and works by blocking the action of integrase, a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enzyme that promotes viral replication. Emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) that block the action of reverse transcriptase, an enzyme that promotes the formation of DNA from RNA. Biktarvy and Descovy are both manufactured by Gilead Sciences Inc.

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