-- Scott Roberts
MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic
Sivextro (tedizolid phosphate) has been approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration to treat adults with serious or
life-threatening skin infections.
The drug, which may be taken intravenously or by a pill, is
designed to treat infections including methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA), the FDA said in a news
The drug's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in clinical
studies involving more than 1,300 adults with serious-to-severe
skin infections. The most common side effects recorded were nausea,
headache, diarrhea, vomiting and dizziness. The drug was not
evaluated among adults with below-normal counts of germ-fighting
white blood cells, the agency said.
Sivextro is the second new antibiotic for skin infections to be
FDA-approved in the past month, following the May 23 approval of
Sivextro is marketed by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, baaed in
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