About Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)
CAP is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. CAP and other respiratory tract infections are caused by pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. Approximately 5.6 million cases of CAP are diagnosed each year in the United States with 10 million physician visits, resulting in an estimated total annual expenditure of $2 billion dollars for prescribed antibiotics to treat CAP. CAP is potentially fatal if not treated properly, and the bacteria that cause CAP are developing resistance to current standard of care treatments.
Macrolides and penicillins are currently the front-line treatments for respiratory tract infections such as CAP. As macrolide and penicillin resistance grows and has the potential to cause more clinical failures, there is a need for new antibiotics with unique mechanisms of action that can overcome this emerging resistance.
Cethromycin has shown higher in vitro potency and a broader range of
activity than macrolides against Gram-positive bacteria associated with
respiratory tract infections, and, again in in vitro tests, it appears to
be effective against penicillin- and macrolide-resistant bacteria.
Cethromycin has a mecha
|SOURCE Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.|
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