The FDA has issued a black box warning for Pfizer’s antibacterial drug Tygacil due to an increased risk of death associated with the use of this intravenous medication. Tygacil is used to treat patients with complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI), complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI), and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP). Serious side effects may include irregular heartbeat, severe stomach and abdominal pain, blurred vision, and severe diarrhea which can occur weeks after treatment.
The FDA analyzed data from 10 clinical trials and found a higher risk of death among patients receiving Tygacil compared to other antibacterial drugs. This safety communication includes instruction to healthcare providers stating that Tygacil should only be used in situations when alternative treatments are not suitable. More information about this warning can be found on the FDA website.
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