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Optimer Pharmaceuticals and Cubist Pharmaceuticals Announce Collaboration to Co-Promote DIFICID™ (Fidaxomicin) for Clostridium difficile Infection in the United States
Date:4/6/2011

SAN DIEGO, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTR) and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBST) today announced the signing of an exclusive two-year co-promotion agreement to market DIFICID™ (fidaxomicin), in the United States.  DIFICID is a novel antibiotic currently being reviewed for market approval by the FDA for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), which is also known as Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD).  On April 5, 2011, the FDA's Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee voted unanimously that the clinical evidence submitted by Optimer demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of DIFICID for the treatment of CDI, thereby recommending approval of DIFICID as a treatment for CDI. The FDA is expected to complete its review of DIFICID and deliver a decision on market approval by a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of May 30, 2011.

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Under the terms of the agreement, Optimer and Cubist will co-promote DIFICID to physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare institutions in the United States. Optimer and Cubist will also jointly provide medical affairs support for the product. Optimer plans to strategically build its sales force and medical affairs team.  Optimer's team will be complemented by Cubist's existing U.S. hospital sales force and medical affairs team which is already dedicated to the antibiotic space for CUBICIN® (daptomycin for injection), Cubist's therapy for Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, including right-sided endocarditis, and complicated skin infections caused by certain Gram-positive b
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