Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ceftobiprole medocaril (Ortho-McNeil)

                         Fifth-Generation Cephalosporin

Another drug in development is ceftobiprole, which is in the midst of phase III trials for cSSSIs. Ceftobiprole is the first fifth-generation cephalosporin and also the first cephalosporin with activity against methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA), according to Mark Kosinski, DPM, a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Unlike other cephalosporins, ceftobiprole is designed to have a high affinity for PBP2a and therefore will be active against MRSA, adds Dr.Kosinski. As far as advantages go, he says the antibiotic offers gram-positive and gram-negative coverage, and also has a low potential to spur in vitro resistance.

The drug is parenteral only at this point, has good tissue penetration and has been shown to be active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, according to Dr. Kosinski, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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