WASHINGTON – In case any question remained about who shoulders the blame for the serious lack of viable innovation in the infectious disease specialty, a panel at the Infectious Disease Society of America's IDWeek 2019 came with a surprisingly accusatory subtitle: "How ID Killed Antibiotic Development." Observing what Vivo Capital Managing Partner Chen Yu called "an existential crisis for the specialty," the session served as a call for action for infectious disease (ID) doctors to take control of prescribing, put patient care ahead of cost management, and advocate for both faster changes to clinical guidelines and legislative improvements to better position the industry.
WASHINGTON – Hot on the heels of July's FDA approval of Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin and relebactam) in complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs), Merck & Co. Inc. rolled out pivotal phase III data at the Infectious Disease Society of America's IDWeek 2019 that could support expanding its label to another high-need group, people with hospital-acquired or ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP). Shionogi & Co. Ltd., which is advancing its investigational antibiotic, cefiderocol, in the same indications, also shared new phase III data supporting its use in the high-risk population.
WASHINGTON – A little more than a year after first reporting phase IIb results showing oral TORC1 inhibitor RTB-101 reduced the number of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in older adults, Restorbio Inc. is illuminating what may be the mechanism behind its efficacy: the up-regulation of innate antiviral immunity. The data, presented at the Infectious Disease Society of America's IDWeek 2019, put the company on track to move into two phase III data readouts next year.