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Achaogen's NDA for Plazomicin Gets Priority Review From FDA

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Achaogen, Inc. (AKAO - Free Report) announced that the FDA has accepted its new drug application (“NDA”) for its urinary tract infections candidate, plazomicin. The FDA has also granted priority review to the NDA, which will expedite the review process. A decision is expected on Jun 25, 2018.

Shares of the company rose 4.3% on Tuesday. However, Achaogen’s stock has underperformed the industry in the past year.  It has declined 24.7% against the industry’s gain of 7.9% in that period.

The NDA is seeking approval of plazomicin as a treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), which includes pyelonephritis (inflammation kidney due to bacterial infection) and also for bloodstream infections (“BSI”) in patients who have none or few treatment options available due to multi-drug resistant bacteria.

The NDA includes data from two phase III studies – EPIC and CARE – which evaluated the candidate in serious infections caused by gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics.

Data from the EPIC study showed that plazomicin achieved superior microbiological eradication rates in cUTI and acute pyelonephritis patients compared to Pfizer’s (PFE - Free Report) Merrem. The CARE study evaluated plazomicin versus Colistin in patients with BSI demonstrating lower rate of mortality or serious disease-related complications.

Per the press release, at least 70,000 patients are infected with antibiotic resistant infections annually in the United States and the figure is expected to double in the next five years. This represents a significant potential for plazomicin, if approved.

In a separate press release, the company announce top-line data from a dose-ranging phase I efficacy study evaluating another antibacterial candidate, C-Scape. Data showed that the candidate, a combination of Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.’s antibiotic, Cedax (ceftibuten) and clavulanate was well tolerated across all dosing regimens.

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Achaogen carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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