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A Hospital Antibiotic's Closely Watched Launch

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Cubist ultimately wants its new hospital antibiotic Cubicin to replace the widely used vancomycin. To do that, it's got to demonstrate that Cubicin, recently approved for a single indication, is safe and effective for a broad spectrum of hard-to-treat infections. As the first company in four years to launch a new hospital antibiotic, Cubist may be a model for the handful of other small companies seeking to capitalize on the opportunity. These start-ups may be better suited than Big Pharma to address what experts see as an important but limited unmet medical need.
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