– VABOMERE demonstrated a greater numerical overall success rate vs piperacillin-tazobactam
– VABOMERE safety profile comparable to piperacillin-tazobactam
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLNT), a commercial-stage company developing and commercializing novel antibiotics to treat serious bacterial infections, announced today that results from the Phase 3 TANGO I study of VABOMERE™ (meropenem and vaborbactam) for injection were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). VABOMERE was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2017 for the treatment of adult patients with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including pyelonephritis, caused by designated susceptible Enterobacteriaceae: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterobacter cloacae species complex. The Targeting Antibiotic Non-susceptible Gram-negative Organisms (TANGO I) trial was the pivotal Phase 3 study that compared the efficacy and safety of VABOMERE to piperacillin-tazobactam in the treatment of patients with cUTI and acute pyelonephritis (AP).
Complicated UTIs, including AP, are a major cause of hospital admissions and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. While the most common pathogen in cUTI is Escherichia coli, the more problematic pathogens are multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative organisms including other Enterobacteriaceae species (i.e., Klebsiella pneumoniae). The prevalence of cUTI due to MDR gram-negative bacteria has risen. If left untreated, MDR gram-negative bacteria isolated from the urinary tract can cause bacteremia.
As initially reported in a June 2016 top-line analysis, the results of TANGO I demonstrated that VABOMERE was non-inferior to piperacillin-tazobactam with overall success in 98.4% of treated patients compared with 94.0% following treatment with piperacillin-tazobactam (p<0.001 for noninferiority) using the FDA primary endpoint of clinical cure plus microbiological eradication at the end of IV treatment. The study also met the European Medicines Association endpoint by demonstrating 66.7% microbial eradication at the test of cure visit following VABOMERE treatment compared with 57.7% following piperacillin-tazobactam treatment (p<0.001 for noninferiority).
In TANGO I, the incidence of adverse events (AEs) and severe AEs was similar in the VABOMERE and piperacillin-tazobactam groups. The most frequent AEs (greater than 2%) reported in this study included headache (8.8% VABOMERE vs 4.4% piperacillin- tazobactam), diarrhea (3.3% vs 4.4%), vaginal infection (0.4% vs 2.2%), and infusion site phlebitis (2.2% vs 0.7%).
Keith S. Kaye, MD, MPH, professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor and director of research for the Infectious Diseases division at the University of Michigan, commented, “Complicated UTIs, especially those caused by CRE, can be extremely difficult to treat due to a lack of effective therapeutic options. It is therefore essential that products such as VABOMERE, continue to be developed and brought to market where they can play an important role in treating these infections.” Dr. Kaye was the primary investigator of TANGO-I. In addition to his role at the University of Michigan, he is president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).
“Complicated UTIs can be life threatening, with mortality rates of 20-40% among critically ill patients,” added Dan Wechsler, Melinta’s president and chief executive officer. “Since our inception, Melinta has been dedicated to addressing the serious global health threat of antibiotic resistance. We believe VABOMERE will play an important role in the treatment of cUTIs, particularly those caused by KPC-mediated carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae and is a critical product in our commercial portfolio.”
About VABOMERE™ (meropenem and vaborbactam) for Injection
VABOMERE (meropenem and vaborbactam) is indicated for the treatment of patients 18 years of age and older with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI) including pyelonephritis caused by the following susceptible microorganisms: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enterobacter cloacae species complex.
To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of VABOMERE and other antibacterial drugs, VABOMERE should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
VABOMERE is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any components of VABOMERE (meropenem and vaborbactam), or to other drugs in the same class or in patients who have demonstrated anaphylactic reactions to beta-lactam antibacterial drugs.
Warnings and Precautions
- Hypersensitivity reactions were reported in patients treated with VABOMERE in the clinical trials. Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions and serious skin reactions have been reported in patients receiving therapy with beta-lactam antibacterial drugs. There have been reports of individuals with a history of penicillin hypersensitivity who have experienced severe hypersensitivity reactions when treated with another beta-lactam antibacterial drug. If an allergic reaction to VABOMERE occurs, discontinue the drug immediately.
- Seizures and other adverse Central Nervous System (CNS) experiences have been reported during treatment with meropenem, which is a component of VABOMERE. Close adherence to the recommended dosage regimens is urged, especially in patients with known factors that predispose to convulsive activity.
- Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including VABOMERE, and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Careful medical history is necessary since CDAD has been reported to occur over two months after the administration of antibacterial agents. If CDAD is suspected or confirmed, ongoing antibacterial drug use not directed against C. difficile may need to be discontinued.
- The concomitant use of VABOMERE and valproic acid or divalproex sodium is generally not recommended. Case reports in the literature have shown that co-administration of carbapenems, including meropenem, to patients receiving valproic acid or divalproex sodium results in a reduction in valproic acid concentrations. The valproic acid concentrations may drop below the therapeutic range as a result of this interaction, therefore increasing the risk of breakthrough seizures. If administration of VABOMERE is necessary, consider supplemental anticonvulsant therapy.
- In patients with renal impairment, thrombocytopenia has been observed in patients treated with meropenem, but no clinical bleeding has been reported.
- Alert patients receiving VABOMERE on an outpatient basis regarding adverse reactions such as seizures, delirium, headaches and/or paresthesias that could interfere with mental alertness and/or cause motor impairment.
- Prescribing VABOMERE in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of drug-resistant bacteria.
- As with other antibacterial drugs, prolonged use of VABOMERE may result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms.
The most frequently reported adverse reactions occurring in ≥3% of patients treated with VABOMERE were headache, phlebitis/infusion site reactions, and diarrhea.
Please see www.vabomere.com for the full prescribing information.
About Melinta Therapeutics
Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. is the largest pure-play antibiotics company, dedicated to saving lives threatened by the global public health crisis of bacterial infections through the development and commercialization of novel antibiotics that provide new and better therapeutic solutions. Its four marketed products include Baxdela™ (delafloxacin); Vabomere™ (meropenem and vaborbactam), Orbactiv® (oritavancin), and Minocin® (minocycline) for Injection. It also has an extensive pipeline of preclinical and clinical-stage products representing many important classes of antibiotics, each targeted at a different segment of the anti-infective market. Together, this portfolio provides Melinta with the unique ability to provide providers and patients with a range of solutions that can meet the tremendous need for novel antibiotics treating serious infections. Visit www.melinta.com for more information.
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