Finafloxacin: First Global Approval.
Drugs. 2015 Mar 26;
Authors: McKeage K
Finafloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antimicrobial agent that exhibits optimum efficacy in slightly acidic environments. It is being developed by MerLion Pharmaceuticals to treat serious bacterial infections associated with an acidic environment, including urinary tract infections and Helicobacter pylori infections. An otic suspension of finafloxacin (Xtoro™), developed by Alcon (a division of Novartis), was recently approved in the USA for the treatment of acute otitis externa, and a Common Technical Document for this indication was also filed in Canada. Oral and/or intravenous formulations are in phase I and II evaluation in uncomplicated urinary tract infections (Germany and Singapore), complicated urinary tract infections and pyelonephritis (Germany and Poland) and H. pylori infection (Germany). This article summarizes the milestones in the development of finafloxacin leading to this first approval for otitis externa.
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