FDA approves Recarbrio for cUTI, cIAI treatment in adults


The Food and Drug Administration has approved Recarbrio for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI) and complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) in adults. Recarbrio is a three-drug combo injection containing imipenem/cilastatin, an antibiotic previously approved by the FDA, and relebactam, a beta-lactamase inhibitor.

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The efficacy of Recarbrio was supported by data on the efficacy of imipenem/cilastatin in the treatment of cUTI and cIAI and by in vitro studies and animal models of infection with treatment by relebactam. The safety was assessed in a pair of clinical studies, one that assessed cUTI patients and another that assessed cIAI patients.

The most common adverse events reported were nausea, diarrhea, headache, fever, and increased liver enzymes. Treatment with Recarbrio is not recommended in patients taking ganciclovir, valproic acid, or divalproex sodium because there is an increased risk of seizures, according to the FDA.

“The FDA remains focused on facilitating the development of safe and effective new antibacterial drugs to give patients more options to fight serious infections. It is important that the use of Recarbrio be reserved for situations when there are limited or no alternative antibacterial drugs for treating a patient’s infection,” Ed Cox, MD, MPH, director for the Office of Antimicrobial Products in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the press release.

Find the full press release on the FDA website.

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