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New Antibiotic Introduced to Treat Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved pivmecillinam, marketed as Pivya, for treating uncomplicated urinary tract infections (uUTIs), marking the first FDA-approved antibiotic for uUTIs in more than two decades. Despite its long-standing use internationally, pivmecillinam provides a new option for millions of American women, 50% of whom will experience an uUTI during their lifetime. The drug targets susceptible strains of Escherichia coliProteus mirabilis, and Staphylococcus saprophyticus. Utility Therapeutics, the United Kingdom-based pharmaceutical company behind pivmecillinam, emphasizes the need for additional treatment options due to resistance and safety concerns with current antibiotics. With resistance rates exceeding 20% for common UTI-causing bacteria, pivmecillinam offers a promising solution. The approval also highlights the efforts of the AMR Action Fund, which supported Utility Therapeutics financially to navigate FDA requirements. As the first antibiotic in the AMR Action Fund’s portfolio to gain regulatory approval, pivmecillinam represents a step forward in combating antimicrobial resistance. Click here to read more.

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