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Long-Acting Antibiotics Offering Once-Weekly Dosing Will See Favorable Uptake and Use as Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT)
Date:7/10/2014

BURLINGTON, Mass., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that while more than three-quarters of surveyed infectious disease (ID) specialists are willing to prescribe Durata's Dalvance (dalbavancin) and The Medicines Company's Orbactiv (oritavancin) for use as OPAT, approximately two-thirds of the respondents reported a willingness to prescribe these agents to their hospital inpatients. However, our findings indicate that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of OPAT patients are initiated on OPAT following hospital discharge, and most are discharged on OPAT on the same antibiotic they received as inpatients. These findings suggest that new antibiotics looking to gain traction in the OPAT market must gain inclusion on hospital formularies and position themselves as preferred agents in the hospital setting.

Other key findings from the 2014 U.S. TreatmentTrends report entitled Hospital Discharge and Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT):

  • ID specialists as key stakeholders in OPAT market: ID specialists are the healthcare providers most frequently involved in identifying a patient for discharge on OPAT; nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of surveyed ID specialists indicated that their hospital requires prior consultation with an ID specialist to evaluate and setup patients for OPAT.
  • Observation rooms/interim facilities for reducing hospital admissions: More than three quarters (82 percent) of surveyed ID specialists indicated that their hospital has facilities for keeping patients requiring short-term monitoring (less than 48 hours) without admitting them to the hospital. Over half of these facilities are used to administer IV antibiotics and can play an important role in decisions about whether to admi
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