FDA requests additional testing on Wyeth’s Tygacil
NEW YORK The Food and Drug Administration has placed a hold on approval for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals’ new antibiotic Tygacil pending additional tests on its safety and effectiveness, the company announced Thursday.
The regulatory agency is requiring Wyeth to further test how safe and effective Tygacil is in treating community-acquired pneumonia, which is pneumonia contracted outside a healthcare facility. The FDA has approved Tygacil for treating complicated skin infections and intra-abdominal infections.
Based in Collegeville, Pa., Wyeth develops and markets pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare products and animal healthcare products.
Bystolic fulfills pharmacists’ desire for a new beta-blocker
NEW YORK Forest Laboratories and Mylan’s new, once-daily hypertension drug Bystolic now is available in pharmacies nationwide.
A recent survey showed that out of 20,000 retail pharmacists, 78 percent felt there was a need for a beta-blocker with an improved tolerability profile.
More than 2,000 people received Bystolic (nebivolol) during clinical trials. The drug’s efficacy was similar to that of other approved beta-blockers, the FDA said. The most common reported side effects were headache, fatigue, dizziness and diarrhea.
Hypertension affects about 72 million adults in America.
Tenn. pharmacy school receives $600,000 grant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Lipscomb University has received a $600,000 grant from The Memorial Foundation to support the school’s new $10.1 million pharmacy school, which will receive its first class in August, according to published reports. The Lipscomb College of Pharmacy has accepted 75 students in its first class.
The money will be used to build three patient support laboratories where students will learn to compound and prepare drugs, carry out experiments and examine and assess patients.
The school will be located in the Burton Health Sciences Center. In honor of the foundation’s grant the labs will be named The Memorial Foundation Pharmacy Practice Center.
“We believe it is a good investment for the community and for those students who want to prepare for a career in pharmacy,” said J.D. Elliott, president of The Memorial Foundation.