CRANFORD, N.J., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Citius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Citius" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CTXR), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on adjunctive cancer care and critical care drug products, announced today the publication of an in vitro study for Mino-Lok®, the Company's antibiotic lock solution used to treat patients with central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) and catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), in the March 2020 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The article, titled "Minocycline-EDTA-Ethanol Antimicrobial Catheter Lock Solution Is Highly Effective In Vitro for Eradication of Candida auris Biofilms," highlights the in vitro efficacy of Mino-Lok against various strains of Candida auris ("C. auris") from studies conducted at MD Anderson Cancer Center Labs.
Mr. Myron Holubiak, Chief Executive Officer of Citius, said, "We're happy to have the positive preclinical results of Mino-Lok published in the AAC Journal. Candida auris is a very problematic type of fungus, but the results from these in vitro studies showed that complete eradication of all strains of C. auris occurred within an hour of exposure to Mino-Lok. We anticipate completing our Phase 3 trial with Mino-Lok by the end of 2020, which will bring us one step closer to treating patients with infected catheters from any number of fungi or bacteria."
C. auris is a fungus that can cause serious bloodstream infections or death, particularly in hospital and nursing home patients with serious medical problems. More than one in three patients with invasive C. auris infection die. The fungus is often resistant to most antifungal agents commonly used to treat Candida infections. Although C. auris was just recently discovered in 2009, it has spread quickly and caused infections in more than a dozen countries. Patients who have been hospitalized in a healthcare facility a long time, have a central venous catheter or other lines or tubes entering their body, or have previously received antibiotics or antifungal medications, appear to be at highest risk of infection with this yeast.
Each year, more than 330,000 central venous catheters out of the 7 million used in the U.S. become infected and lead to CRBSIs, increasing both patient morbidity risk and costs to the medical system. It has been shown that antibiotics alone are unable to penetrate the biofilm caused by bacteria, and there are currently no approved therapies for salvaging infected central venous catheters. Mino-Lok is an antibiotic lock solution that is being developed to treat patients with CRBSIs in combination with an appropriate systemic antibiotic(s) to preserve central venous access and to avoid the complications and morbidities associated with catheter removal and reinsertion. Mino-Lok penetrates biofilm, eradicates bacteria and salvages infected, indwelling vascular catheters while providing anticlotting properties. Mino-Lok has the potential to change the standard of care for the management of these serious infections.
About Citius Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Citius is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of critical care products, with a focus on anti-infectives, cancer care, and unique prescription products that use innovative, patented, or proprietary formulations of previously-approved active pharmaceutical ingredients. We seek to achieve leading market positions by providing therapeutic products that address unmet medical needs. By using previously approved drugs with substantial safety and efficacy data, we seek to reduce the risks associated with pharmaceutical product development and regulatory requirements. Citius develops products that have intellectual property protection and competitive advantages to existing therapeutic approaches. For more information, please visit www.citiuspharma.com.
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