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Cubist says faster treatment OK’d

By Associated Press
December 2, 2010

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LEXINGTON — Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. said yesterday that regulators gave a new approval to its antibiotic Cubicin, allowing Cubist to market a two-minute-injection version of the drug.

The company said the Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of once-daily, two-minute IV injections of Cubicin, which treats complex skin infections like staph and the drug-resistant MRSA “superbug.’’

Cubist was originally approved in 2003 as a 30-minute infusion.

“Having to spend only 2 minutes a day receiving Cubicin, especially for patients in the outpatient setting, minimizes the impact that IV therapy has on their daily activities,’’ Cubist’s chief executive, Michael W. Bonney, said in a statement.

Cubist shares fell 73 cents, or 3.4 percent, to close at $20.98 yesterday.