-- Scott Roberts
MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- The TOBI Podhaler
(tobramycin inhalation powder) has been approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration to treat cystic fibrosis patients infected
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that can damage the
Cystic fibrosis, affecting about 30,000 people in the United
States, causes production of thick, sticky mucus that builds up in
the lungs. This can lead to chronic bacterial infections, the FDA
said in a news release.
The TOBI Podhaler, used twice daily, was evaluated in clinical
trials involving 95 adults and children six years and older with
cystic fibrosis. The most common side effects included cough,
coughing up blood, shortness of breath, fever, mouth and throat
pain, changes in voice and headache.
The antibiotic inhaler is marketed by Novartis, based in East
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