The new drug, Dalvance, is part of the FDA's Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now program, which aims at stopping antibiotic resistant bacteria like MRSA. It also qualified for the Fast Track review program, which gained it five years of market exclusivity. The program gave a big push to pharmaceutical companies, who often focus on profitable drugs over the development of more complicated life-saving treatments like Dalvance.
Dalvance was tested in two clinical trials, totaling 1,289 adults with skin infections. They found the side effects were nausea, headache, diarrhea and elevated liver enzymes. They also determined the dosage would come as two intravenous doses, though pricing has not been set for the dosage yet.