Trius Antibiotic Tedizolid Hits Old, New And In-Between Endpoints
Tedizolid, a next-generation antibiotic from the same class as Pfizer’s Zyvox, has met all complicated skin infection endpoints for both a U.S. and European filing, and Trius plans submissions in second half 2013 and first half 2014, respectively. European partnering talks, meanwhile, have gained new intensity.
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