Rib-X Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA designated radezolid as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) for the indications of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP).

The QIDP designation will enable Rib-X to benefit from certain incentives for the development of new antibiotics, including an additional five years of market exclusivity, priority review and eligibility for fast-track status, provided under the new Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) program. GAIN was included in the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), formerly known as PDUFA V, which received bipartisan Congressional support and was signed into law by President Obama in July 2012.

Radezolid has completed two Phase 2 clinical trials with an oral formulation in uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections (uSSSI) and in CABP. A Phase 1 study with an IV formulation was recently completed in healthy subjects. Rib-X recently announced data from a positive Phase 1 IV dosing study conducted in healthy subjects and an in vivo long-term safety study vs. linezolid (Zyvox; Pfizer).

Radezolid is a next-generation oxazolidinone with a safety profile permitting long-term treatment of resistant infections, including those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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