DRUG SPOTLIGHT –CUBICIN, DAPTOMYCIN

New Drug Approvals

Daptomycin

N-decanoyl-L-tryptophyl-L-asparaginyl-L-aspartyl-L-threonylglycyl-
L-ornithyl-L-aspartyl-D-alanyl-L-aspartylglycyl-D-seryl-threo-3-methyl-L-glutamyl-3-anthraniloyl-L-alanine[egr]1-lactone

Daptomycin is a lipopeptide antibiotic used in the treatment of systemic and life-threatening infections caused by Gram-positive organisms. It is a naturally occurring compound found in the soil saprotroph Streptomyces roseosporus. Its distinct mechanism of action makes it useful in treating infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria. It is marketed in the United States under the trade name Cubicin by Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

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The compound 
LY 146032 was discovered by researchers at Eli Lilly and Company in the late 1980s.LY 146032 showed promise in Phase I/II clinical trials for treatment of infection caused by Gram-positive organisms. Lilly ceased development because high-dose therapy was associated with adverse effects on skeletal muscle, including myalgia and potential myositis.

The rights to LY 146032 were acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals in 1997, which following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in September 2003 for use in people older than 18…

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