Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Results of Phase 3 study of fidaxomicin...

We know that Fidaxomicin (also known as lipiarmycin, lipiarmycin A3, tiacumicin B, clostomicin B1, and OPT-80) is a new narrow spectrum macrocyclic antibiotic drug and being developed by Optimer Pharmaceuticals for treatment of Clostridium difficile infection. It works by inhibiting the bacterial enzyme RNA polymerase. It is active against gram positive bacteria especially clostridia.

Recently, Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (2. Nov, 2009) announced the presentation of new data from fidaxomicin's North American phase 3 study at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Philadelphia, PA. The results are really encouraging and as per the claim by the company fidaxomicin is associated with faster resolution of diarrhea. In patients with more pronounced diarrhea (ie. not resolving in the first 24 hours of therapy), fidaxomicin was associated with a faster time to resolution of diarrhea than vancomycin (79 hrs vs. 105 hrs). The company claims that the faster time to resolution of diarrhea and improved outcomes for patients requiring concomitant antibiotics are important factors for physicians to consider when selecting a treatment for CDI more interesting factor is the significantly lower recurrence rate and higher global cure rate..

Ref : http://www.optimerpharma.com/news.asp?news_story=100&page_num=

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