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Optimer Announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee Voted Unanimously to Recommend Approval of Novel Antibiotic Dificid™ for Treatment of Patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)
Date:4/5/2011

SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTR) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee (AIDAC) recommended that the FDA approve Optimer's investigational antibiotic DIFICID™ (fidaxomicin) for the treatment of patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a bacterial infection in the lining of the gut that can cause severe diarrhea, colitis and in some cases death. In a unanimous 13-0 decision, the AIDAC found that the clinical evidence submitted by Optimer demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of DIFICID for the treatment of CDI.

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"We view the vote of the FDA's panel of expert advisors, with diverse backgrounds ranging from infectious disease to biostatistics, as a strong endorsement for approving DIFICID for the treatment of CDI. We are encouraged that the advisory committee recognizes the urgent need for new treatment options for CDI and the seriousness of the increasing incidence of these infections," said Pedro Lichtinger, President and CEO of Optimer. "We are proud to be one step closer to providing patients, healthcare providers and physicians with a new treatment option for CDI, a serious and debilitating disease that can impact every aspect of a patient's life."

The FDA is not bound by the committee's guidance but takes its advice into consideration. Optimer submitted its New Drug Application (NDA) for DIFICID on November 30, 2010. The FDA accepted the DIFICID NDA filing and granted a six-month Priority Review in January 2011, assigning a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of May 30, 2011.

"In Phase 3 clinical studies, DIFICID was proven to be as
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