Posted from: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 02:57 PM - Present

Orbactiv Approved For Acute Skin Infections

August 6, 2014 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Orbactiv (oritavancin), manufactured by The Medicines Co.  Orbactiv is a single dose treatment used for bacterial skin infections and is the third treatment approved for the same condition this year. 

New therapies are continuously needed to help fight bacterial infections as patients build resistance to older therapies.  These new medications are used to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSI) caused by strain of bacterial called Gram positive.  Gram positive involves deep tissue and are associated with underlying conditions such as diabetes.

Orbactiv provides the full course of treatment through a single 1200mg dose, unlike available alternatives that offer a duration of treatment that can last up to 10 days.  This new antibiotic, Orbactiv, is anticipated to be available in the market during the fourth quarter of 2014.


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