Swissmedic accepts for review Basilea's ceftobiprole Marketing Authorization Application for the treatment of pneumonia

Swissmedic accepts for review Basilea's ceftobiprole Marketing Authorization
Application for the treatment of pneumonia

BASEL, Switzerland, Sept. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (SIX: BSLN)
announced today that the Swiss regulatory authority Swissmedic has accepted the
ceftobiprole Marketing Authorization Application for review. Ceftobiprole is an
investigational broad-spectrum anti-MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus) antibiotic. The intended indication of ceftobiprole is for the treatment
of hospital-acquired (nosocomial) pneumonia and community-acquired pneumonia in

Ronald Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Basilea, stated: "We are very pleased
that Swissmedic will begin its review of our Marketing Authorization Application
for ceftobiprole in pneumonia. Severe pneumonia is a condition associated with
morbidity and mortality which is significantly increased when MRSA is a
causative organism. Data has shown that ceftobiprole provides broad
antibacterial coverage including MRSA and Gram-negative pathogens such as
Pseudomonas. We are focused on working with Swissmedic to support their review
of ceftobiprole."

Basilea's submission dossier includes data from two international double-blind,
randomized, controlled phase 3 studies in hospital-acquired pneumonia and
community-acquired pneumonia. These studies compared the efficacy and safety of
empiric ceftobiprole use versus standard-of-care single or combination
antibiotic therapy.

Ceftobiprole in pneumonia is currently under review with European regulatory
authorities, with a decision anticipated in the second half of 2013.

About ceftobiprole

Ceftobiprole is an investigational broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotic for the
potential first-line empiric treatment of severe bacterial infections.
Ceftobiprole has demonstrated broad-spectrum activity against Gram-positive
bacteria, including methicillin-resistant and vancomycin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, VRSA) and penicillin-resistant Streptococcus
pneumoniae (PRSP) as well as Gram-negative pathogens, including
Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

About pneumonia treated in the hospital

Community-acquired pneumonia is a common condition with up to 60% of the
patients requiring hospital admission and intravenous antibiotics.[1] Hospital-
acquired pneumonia is one of the most common infections in the hospital,
accounting for approximately 25% of all intensive care unit (ICU) infections,
and is associated with significant mortality.[2],[3] Prompt empiric intervention
with an appropriate broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment is accepted as best
medical practice. The increasing incidence of bacteria resistant to many
antibiotics is a major concern.

About Basilea

Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and listed on
the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: BSLN). Through the fully integrated research and
development operations of its Swiss subsidiary Basilea Pharmaceutica
International Ltd., the company focuses on innovative pharmaceutical products in
the therapeutic areas of bacterial infections, fungal infections and oncology,
targeting the medical challenge of rising resistance and non-response to current
treatment options.


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[1] Sligl WI, Marrie TJ. Severe community-acquired pneumonia. Critical Care
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[2] Torres A, Ferrer M and Badia JR. Treatment guidelines and outcomes of
    hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Clinical Infectious
    Diseases 2010; 51: S48-S53.

[3] Barbier F, Andremont A, Wolff M, Bouadma L. Hospital-acquired pneumonia and
    ventilator-associated pneumonia: recent advances in epidemiology and
    management. Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine 2013; 19: 216-228.

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