FDA Safety Information "Doribax (doripenem): Drug Safety Communication - Risk When Used to Treat Pneumonia on Ventilated Patients" (March 6, 2014).
The FDA has concluded that Doribax (doripenem), an antibacterial drug used to treat patients who develop pneumonia while on ventilators, carries an increased risk of death and lower clinical cure rates compared to use of imipenem and cilastatin for injection (marketed in the U.S. under the name Primaxin). Based on an FDA analysis of data from a three-year clinical trial that was prematurely stopped in 2011 due to these safety concerns, FDA approved changes to the Doribax drug label that describe these risks. The revised label includes a new warning about this unapproved use. Doribax is not approved to treat any type of pneumonia. Doribax is still considered safe and effective for its FDA-approved indications - treatment of adults with complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections, including kidney infections (pyelonephritis).
 FDA Safety Information "Doribax (doripenem): Drug Safety Communication - Risk When Used to Treat Pneumonia on Ventilated Patients" (March 6, 2014).
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