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FDA approves new indication for MSD's Zerbaxa

Published on 05/06/19 at 12:03pm

The FDA has approved US firm Merck’s Zerbaxa (ceftolozane and tazobactam) for adults with hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP).

The new indication comes after MSD’s drug was first approved for treating complicated intra-abdominal infections and urinary tract infections by the FDA in 2014.

The drug showed similar efficacy to another antibacterial drug in a clinical trial of 726 patients who had been hospitalised with HABP/VABP.

Elevated liver enzyme levels, renal impairment or failure, and diarrhea were amongst the most commonly reported adverse reactions.

Louis Goss

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