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High hopes for new MRSA antibiotic


A new antibiotic that shows promise in treating the superbug MRSA and related infections is poised to enter the market after phase III ASSIST trials in the US.

Intravenous iclaprim, a novel antibiotic, is reported by manufacturer Arpida to show high clinical cure rates similar to those of the comparator drug, linezolid.

The test results were gathered from the ASSIST-1 and ASSIST-2, (Arpida’s skin and skin structure infection study) pivotal Phase III studies involving a total of 991 patients.

Data from the studies also show that iclaprim exhibited a high eradication rate for MRSA (76.4%), which was comparable to that of linezolid (78.7%).

Arpida president and CEO Jürgen Raths said: “These data further support the safety and efficacy of iclaprim as a potential treatment against complicated skin and skin-structure infections.

“Arpida remains encouraged and optimistic about the potential of iclaprim for the treatment of MRSA and related infections, and looks forward to bringing iclaprim to market, providing a new treatment option for physicians.”

A new drug application will now be discussed at the meeting of the US Food and Drug Administration anti-infective drugs advisory committee on 20 November 2008.

Copyright PA Business 2008

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