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A Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic with Activity Against MRSA and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Would Earn a Higher Patient Share in the U.S. than in Europe for the Treatment of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
Date:3/3/2009

Merck's Drug Will Remain Decision Resources Gold Standard Through 2017, According to a New Report from Decision Resources

WALTHAM, Mass., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that a broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotic that has activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), shows higher efficacy than the current benchmark (Wyeth's Zosyn/Tazocin) and is priced 50 percent higher than Zosyn/Tazocin would earn a higher patient share in the U.S. (50 percent) than in Europe (30 percent) for the treatment of hospital-acquired pneumonia. This is due to infectious disease specialists in Europe being more sensitive to pricing in their prescribing decisions.

The new report entitled Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia: Resistance Concerns Create Opportunities for New Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics also finds that Merck's Primaxin will remain Decision Resources' proprietary clinical gold standard through 2017. While some therapies in development for hospital-acquired pneumonia hold promise, most have efficacy, safety and tolerability and/or delivery issues when compared to Primaxin.

"Interviewed thought leaders believe that Primaxin has a better spectrum of activity than the benchmark therapy, Zosyn/Tazocin and perceive the agent to be more active against ESBL-producing E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter," stated Hemali Patel, Ph.D., analyst at Decision Resources. "Prescribers we surveyed agree that Primaxin is the most effective antibiotic for hospital-acquired pneumonia."

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Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia: Resistance Concerns Create Opportunities for New Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics is a DecisionBase 2009 report. DecisionBase 2009 is a
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