New Dosage Form Approved for Vancomycin
January 29, 2018 – The U.S. FDA has approved Firvanq™ (vancomycin) oral solution, manufactured by CutisPharma, Inc. It is the first oral solution dosage form of vancomycin, an antibiotic that has been available in other forms since the 1960s. Firvanq is approved for the treatment of diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, and enterocolitis (inflammation of the small intestine and colon) caused by Staphylococcus aureus enterocolitis.
Due to concerns regarding the emergence of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus species of bacteria, vancomycin is typically reserved to treat serious Gram-positive infections resistant to certain other antibiotics, including methicillin. Firvanq should not be used to treat infections other than those included in its specific indications. Recommended dosing varies based on the age of the patient and the indication.
Firvanq will be available in kits containing a grape-flavored diluent and vancomycin hydrochloride USP, powder for oral solution equivalent to 3.75 g, 7.5 g, 10.5 g or 15 g vancomycin. Launch is planned for April of 2018. Pricing is not yet available.
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