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Targanta Submits Oritavancin New Drug Application
Date:2/11/2008

es in treating resistant bacterial infections, particularly those caused by MRSA. With Phase 3 trial results showing efficacy in only 3 to 7 days of treatment, we believe oritavancin may become part of a new treatment paradigm for infections caused by MRSA and other gram-positive bacteria, and could confer pharmacoeconomic benefits, if approved."

"Despite the introduction of several new antibiotics in the past decade, we continue to see an increase in the development of resistant gram-positive bacteria," said Peter Appelbaum, M.D., Ph.D., professor, division of clinical pathology and medical director, clinical microbiology at Penn State University. "There is an ongoing need for new bactericidal antibiotics that address the limitations of currently marketed therapies. Oritavancin has proven to be very potent in vitro against a broad spectrum of gram-positive organisms resistant to other agents. Also, due to its multiple mechanisms of action, oritavancin may hinder the rapid development of resistance; concordantly, contemporary surveillance studies have shown that oritavancin retains potency against all gram-positive organisms tested. The infectious disease community looks forward to adding a therapy with the characteristics of oritavancin."

More Background on the Market for Novel Antibiotics

There is a growing need for novel antibiotics since bacteria can mutate quickly and often develop resistance to existing antibiotics. Hospital-acquired infections are particularly likely to be resistant to existing antibiotics, but resistance is also growing rapidly in community- acquired infections. As bacteria become more resistant to currently marketed antibiotics, an increasing prevalence of drug-resistant bacterial pathogens can lead to increased mortality rates, prolonged hospitalizations, and increased healthcare costs.

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