All Smiles at the Press Conference: Plazo+Levo Delivers

This December, Achaogen released much data on 2 plazomicin trials[1]: the pivotal EPIC study comparing plazomicin / levofloxacin with meropenem / levofloxacin in cUTI is the one we want to look at today because it is interpretable, while the other trial Continue reading All Smiles at the Press Conference: Plazo+Levo Delivers

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

Timely New Information on Next-Generation Tetracyclines – Part 2: Eravacycline and Protein Binding

A recent paper by Thabit describes a curious finding [1]. The authors measured total and free (i.e., nonprotein-bound) eravacycline levels at ascending doses in a mouse model. They found strikingly small increases in free drug levels when titrating up total doses. The Continue reading Timely New Information on Next-Generation Tetracyclines – Part 2: Eravacycline and Protein Binding

Timely New Information on Next-Generation Tetracyclines – Part 1: Omadacycline and Cardiac AEs

Several interesting articles appeared recently which shed light on the efficacy of eravacycline and the safety of omadacycline, both in Phase 3 and both in a head-to-head race to the market.  Well, the term ‘race’ is bit of a stretch as both Continue reading Timely New Information on Next-Generation Tetracyclines – Part 1: Omadacycline and Cardiac AEs

AZD-0914: A New Broad-Spectrum Narrow-Development Path Drug

At first glance, the list of features that distinguish AZD-0914 from other FQ seems impressive: broad Gram-positive and Gram-negative activity, MRSA and MSSA activity, potency against fluoroquinolone (FQ)-resistant isolates, low frequency for S. aureus resistance, and impressive activity against C. Continue reading AZD-0914: A New Broad-Spectrum Narrow-Development Path Drug

The 10 x ’20 Goal – Are We On Track?

In the last decade (2000-2010), we saw the number of new antibiotic approvals drop successively each year; FDA changed the rules of the approval process without providing public guidance; many antibiotic companies fled the therapeutic area; investments were redirected to Continue reading The 10 x ’20 Goal – Are We On Track?

Eravacycline Conference Call: Unrevealing and Disappointing

Whatever has become of investigative journalism?  All we read after the Stifel conference call (11/17/2015) is descriptive rehash of information provided by Tetraphase at the conference.  No probing questions that we thought investors would ask who just lost 80% of Continue reading Eravacycline Conference Call: Unrevealing and Disappointing

After ICAAC: Some More Thoughts on Eravacycline in cUTI and IGNITE-2

When a well-designed pivotal Phase 3 trial fails to show NI, it demands an explanation.  While awaiting the company’s analysis of the data, many possible explanations are bandied about.  So it was not surprising that the eravacycline cUTI study (IGNITE-2) Continue reading After ICAAC: Some More Thoughts on Eravacycline in cUTI and IGNITE-2

Mme Erava and The Mysterious Case of Auto-Combustion

SH: My dear Watson, did you read the news of the astonishing debacle that befell Mme Erava and made the headlines, creating anxiety of hitherto unknown proportions in Tetraland? Dr.W.: A disaster of epic proportions, for sure, and a mystery, Continue reading Mme Erava and The Mysterious Case of Auto-Combustion

The Circuitous Route to Phase 3:  Another Chapter in the Fitful Development of PTK-0796

When antibiotics change hands, it can be a good thing.  Small companies are often desperate to attract a partner with ‘deep pockets’ to help them finance an expensive late phase development but often have to give up control once the honeymoon Continue reading The Circuitous Route to Phase 3:  Another Chapter in the Fitful Development of PTK-0796

Some Thoughts about Eravacycline Based on the Phase 2 cIAI Study

Solomkin et al. conclude that the efficacy and safety of eravacycline compares favorably to the control drug, ertapenem.[1]  This top-level assessment is made with the usual caveats (insufficient statistical power, small sample size), but a few points deserve comment. Eravacycline Continue reading Some Thoughts about Eravacycline Based on the Phase 2 cIAI Study