The FDA notified health care professionals of a new boxed warning describing an increased risk of death when intravenous Tygacil is used.
These changes to the Tygacil prescribing information are based on an analysis that showed a higher risk of death among patients receiving Tygacil compared to other antibacterial drugs: 2.5% (66/2640) vs. 1.8% (48/2628), respectively. The adjusted risk difference for death was 0.6% with corresponding 95% confidence interval (0.0%, 1.2%). In general, the deaths resulted from worsening infections, complications of infection, or other underlying medical conditions.
Tygacil is approved to treat complicated skin and skin structure infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections, and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
Health care professionals should reserve Tygacil for situations in which alternative treatments are not suitable.
Health care professionals are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.
September 27, 2013 — FDA safety alert