FDA Advisory Committee Unanimously Recommends Approval of Dalvance(TM) for the Treatment of Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSI)

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CHICAGO, March 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Durata Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:DRTX) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee voted 12 to 0 that the Company has provided substantial evidence of the safety and effectiveness of its investigational drug, DalvanceTM (dalbavancin) for injection, for the treatment of adult patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) caused by susceptible Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). While not bound by the guidance provided by the Committee, the FDA will consider the Committee's deliberations as part of its review of the New Drug Application (NDA) for Dalvance, which was accepted for priority review by the FDA in November 2013 with an action date of May 26, 2014.

"We are pleased with the positive outcome of today's Advisory Committee meeting, and the confidence that was expressed regarding the safety and effectiveness of Dalvance," said Paul R. Edick, Durata Therapeutics Chief Executive Officer. "If approved by the FDA, Dalvance would be the first once-weekly antibiotic for ABSSSI, providing an alternative to current once- or twice-daily treatments. We look forward to continuing to work with the FDA on its evaluation of our product."

A total of 21 clinical trials have been conducted with dalbavancin in the entire clinical program, with the five Phase 3 trials evaluating nearly 3,000 patients. Two Phase 3 trials, DISCOVER 1 and DISCOVER 2 ("Dalbavancin for Infections of the Skin COmpared to Vancomycin at an Early Response"), were conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the FDA and included more than 1,300 patients with ABSSSI.


For the six-month period of January to June 2010, a projected 9.2 million patients were treated in U.S. hospitals for infections of any type, and nearly 17 percent of the diagnostic category presentations were for skin and skin structure infections (SSSIs). Of these presentations for SSSI, approximately 74 percent were disease types included in ABSSSI. This category of infection increased by 176 percent from 1997 to 2009 in hospitalized patients. The majority of skin and soft tissue infections in hospitalized patients are caused by Staphylococcus aureus, and approximately 59 percent of these infections are estimated to be caused by MRSA in the U.S. Effective early treatment of ABSSSI is critical to prevent wound expansion and to avoid lengthy and costly hospital stays. Failure to successfully treat ABSSSI may result in hospital readmissions.


Dalvance is a second generation, semi-synthetic lipoglycopeptide, which consists of lipophilic side-chains attached to glycopeptides. If approved, Dalvance would be the first drug for ABSSSI requiring only two once-weekly 30-minute intravenous doses (1000 mg on Day 1 and 500 mg on Day 8). Dalvance demonstrates bactericidal activity in vitro against a broad range of bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant strains) and Streptococcus pyogenes, as well as certain other streptococcal species.


Durata Therapeutics is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new therapeutics for patients with infectious diseases and acute illnesses. Durata has completed two global Phase 3 clinical trials with its lead product candidate, Dalvance, under investigation for the treatment of patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections caused by susceptible gram-positive bacteria. For more information about the company, visit www.duratatx.com.

DALVANCE is a trademark of Durata Therapeutics Holding C.V.


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