Basilea Pharmaceutica AG

July 30, 2012 01:30 ET

Basilea submits European Marketing Authorization Application of ceftobiprole for the treatment of pneumonia

Basel, Switzerland--(Marketwire - Jul 30, 2012) - Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (SIX: BSLN) today announced that it has submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) under the European decentralized procedure for its novel investigational antibiotic ceftobiprole, a broad-spectrum anti-MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) drug, for the treatment of pneumonia in hospitals.

Dr. Anthony Man, Chief Executive Officer of Basilea, stated: "The submission of the Marketing Authorization Application for ceftobiprole to treat patients in hospital with pneumonia is an important development milestone for this innovative antibiotic. Ceftobiprole's antibacterial profile covers a broad spectrum of clinically relevant Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens that may cause pneumonia, including MRSA and multidrug-resistant pneumococci."

The submission is supported by two international double-blind randomized controlled phase III studies assessing the efficacy and safety of first- line empiric ceftobiprole versus single or combination drug comparators to treat hospitalized community-acquired and hospital-acquired (nosocomial) pneumonia.

About hospital-treated pneumonia

Community-acquired pneumonia is a common condition with up to 60% of the patients requiring hospital admission and intravenous antibiotics.[1] Nosocomial pneumonia is one of the most common infections acquired in the hospital, accounting for approximately 25% of all intensive care unit (ICU) infections, and is associated with significant mortality.[2],[3] Prompt empiric intervention with an appropriate broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment is accepted as best medical practice. In both diseases the increasing incidence of resistant bacteria is a major concern.

About Basilea

Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: BSLN). Basilea Pharmaceutica International Ltd.'s fully integrated research and development operations are focused on antibiotics, antifungals and oncology drugs, targeting the medical challenge of resistance and non-response to current treatment.


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1. Torres A and Rello J. Update in community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia 2009. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2010; 181: 782-787

2. Torres A, Ferrer M and Badia JR. Treatment guidelines and outcomes of hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010; 51(S1): S48-S53

3. Muscedere JG, Day A and Heyland DK. Mortality, attributable mortality, and clinical events as end points for clinical trials of ventilator- associated pneumonia and hospital-acquired pneumonia. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010; 51(S1): S120-S125

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