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THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antibacterial
drug Orbactiv (oritavancin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration to treat drug-resistant skin infections in
adults, the agency said in a news release.
The drug is sanctioned to treat methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) and other acute bacterial skin
infections. It's the third such drug approved in 2014, following
May approval of Dalvance (dalbavancin) and June approval of
Sivextro (tedizolid), the FDA said.
Orbactiv's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in two
clinical studies involving almost 2,000 adults. The most common
side effects included headache, nausea, vomiting, skin abscesses on
the arms and legs, and diarrhea.
The drug's label will include a boxed warning that it could
interact with the blood-thinning medication warfarin, the agency
Orbactiv is marketed by The Medicines Company, based in
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