GC Therapy –  Shooting for the Stars

Besides ceftriaxone (CTRIAX), cefixime and spectinomycin we have no other highly effective single-dose treatment regimens for urogenital GC. Failures of all 3 drugs have been described but remain rare, can be overcome with higher doses of CTRIAX (1 g instead Continue reading GC Therapy –  Shooting for the Stars

TXA-709 –  New Kid on the Block

When searching for FtsZ inhibitors on PubMed, there are 187 hits. When narrowing down the search looking for clinical trials only, there are none. Taxis Pharmaceuticals obtained QIDP status for its candidate drug TXA-709 in late 2016 and it is Continue reading TXA-709 –  New Kid on the Block

Omissions – Commissions – Errors – Blunders – Solithromycin

Cempra received a complete response letter (CRL) as a X-mas present from FDA, and the news was pretty bad for company investors. Bad, but not totally unexpected after the AMDAC meeting last November, which taught us a few new things Continue reading Omissions – Commissions – Errors – Blunders – Solithromycin

Profiling Solithromycin: FDA AMDAC on Solithera

Police profiling based on race, sex or gender is a highly controversial practice. FDA doing the same, not so much. Profiling based on similarities to other drugs in the same category is nothing new. Class labeling can be expected for Continue reading Profiling Solithromycin: FDA AMDAC on Solithera

QIDP Drug Update – Part 1: An Updated Who Is Who

It is time for a new look at the field of QIDP drugs. Today we are providing an updated searchable database which now has 57 entries. (Status: 10/18/16) Despite best efforts to provide accurate information, errors may have crept in. Please let us Continue reading QIDP Drug Update – Part 1: An Updated Who Is Who

The EpiPen Episode, an Epitaph on Epinephrine as we know it, an Epilogue and an Epiphany

For a good long time, economists have been thinking about the reimbursement quandary for antibiotics, esp. antibacterials. They are just too cheap, right?  Well, with the exception of HCV and some newer HIV drugs, few compounds have ever reached the Continue reading The EpiPen Episode, an Epitaph on Epinephrine as we know it, an Epilogue and an Epiphany

Solithromycin CAP Study:  Cap the Details (in the Publication)

In a recent publication, the results of a large Phase 3 trial comparing solithromycin with moxifloxacin in the treatment of CAP are presented [1]. As this was a global registration trial, we should refer to the indication as CABP, the current Continue reading Solithromycin CAP Study:  Cap the Details (in the Publication)

QIDP Drugs – 4th Edition

>>> For the latest QIDP list, please click HERE  <<< Since our last QIDP blog from April 8, 2015, several new drugs have made the list which now includes 41 compounds. Below a table which includes compound, sponsor and development stage (Phase). It Continue reading QIDP Drugs – 4th Edition

Treating GC in the Face of Dwindling Antibiotic Options – (2)

For GC antibiotics, the development path looks like a trip down the road less traveled, leading into some uncharted territory. Let’s take Melinta’s statement [1] at face value according to which the single 900 mg dose of delafloxacin failed because of Continue reading Treating GC in the Face of Dwindling Antibiotic Options – (2)

Treating GC in the Face of Dwindling Antibiotic Options – (1)

Looking across the Northern border it is clear that CDC Guidelines are not universally followed even in North America.  Public Health Canada still recommends cefixime for uncomplicated gonorrhea (GC), albeit at the high single oral dose of 800 mg[1].   In Continue reading Treating GC in the Face of Dwindling Antibiotic Options – (1)

A GO / NO GO decision:  Delafloxacin Stumbles in Gonorrhea Study

The treatment history of N. gonorrhoeae makes for fascinating reading.  This organism has always been able to keep the upper hand in the war of bug versus drug.  Once susceptible to sulfa drugs, to penicillin, tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones, it sequentially Continue reading A GO / NO GO decision:  Delafloxacin Stumbles in Gonorrhea Study

Antibiotics with QIDP Designation – – – Updated 9-30-14

For the latest QIDP listing, please click HERE   Since FDA issued the QIDP designation in 2012, many companies have requested this important ‘label’.  Which should not come as a surprise: QIDP status confers significant benefits – and there is no Continue reading Antibiotics with QIDP Designation – – – Updated 9-30-14