By Scott Roberts
THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antibacterial drug Orbactiv (oritavancin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat drug-resistant skin infections in adults, the agency said in a news release.
The drug is sanctioned to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other acute bacterial skin infections. It's the third such drug approved in 2014, following May approval of Dalvance (dalbavancin) and June approval of Sivextro (tedizolid), the FDA said.
Orbactiv's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in two clinical studies involving almost 2,000 adults. The most common side effects included headache, nausea, vomiting, skin abscesses on the arms and legs, and diarrhea.
Orbactiv is marketed by The Medicines Company, based in Parsippany, N.J.