Furiex Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has granted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) and Fast Track designation for avarofloxacin (JNJ-Q2). Avarofloxacin is a Phase 3-ready broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone antibiotic for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin-structure (ABSSSI) infections, community-acquired pneumonia and has proven to be effective in treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.

Avarofloxacin is an investigational novel fluoroquinolone antibiotic that has been shown to be effective in a Phase 2 study of ABSSSI infections. In this study, avarofloxacin demonstrated favorable efficacy for both early clinical response endpoints as well as all clinical cure endpoints for the intent to treat population. Avarofloxacin has a low tendency for development of drug resistance and exhibits a broad range of antibacterial activities in vitro, including MRSA, fluoroquinolone-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae (including multi-drug resistant strains), gram positive, gram negative, atypical respiratory pathogens (such as legionella and mycoplasma) and anaerobic bacteria, which are often associated with abscesses of the skin and other organs. The availability of IV and oral formulations for avarofloxacin differentiates it from a number of other products for MRSA infections which are only available for intravenous administration.

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