CHICAGO, Nov. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Durata Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:DRTX) today announced that the New Drug Application (NDA) for its investigational drug, Dalvance™ (dalbavancin hydrochloride) for injection, has been accepted for priority review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with an action date of May 26, 2014. Durata is seeking FDA approval of Dalvance™ for the treatment of patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) caused by susceptible Gram-positive microorganisms, including MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). The NDA, submitted on September 26, 2013, was based on the entire data set from Durata Therapeutics' clinical development program, including results from two Phase 3 trials DISCOVER 1 and DISCOVER 2, as well as a previous Phase 3 study (VER001-9). Both DISCOVER 1 and DISCOVER 2 trials were conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the FDA. "We are very pleased with the FDA's acceptance for filing of our NDA, as this represents an important achievement in the development of Dalvance™. We believe that Dalvance™ has the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients with ABSSSI," said Paul R. Edick, Durata Therapeutics Chief Executive Officer. "If approved by the FDA, Dalvance™, with its once weekly dosing, may help facilitate an important shift in treatment from the hospital to ambulatory settings." ABOUT ABSSSI For the six month period of January to June 2010, a projected 9.2 million patients were treated in U.S. hospitals for infections of any type, and nearly 17 percent of the diagnostic category presentations were for skin and skin structure infections (SSSIs). Of these presentations for SSSI, approximately 74 percent were disease types included in ABSSSI. i This category of infection increased by 176 percent from 1997 to 2009 in hospitalized patients. ii The majority of skin and soft tissue infections in hospitalized patients are caused by Staphylococcus aureus, and approximately 59 percent of these infections are estimated to be caused by MRSA in the U.S. iii,iv Failure to successfully treat ABSSSI may result in hospital readmissions. Under the new health care reform laws, hospitals may incur financial penalties for preventable hospital readmissions, including unresolved infections. ABOUT DALVANCE™ Dalvance™ (dalbavancin hydrochloride) for injection is a second generation, semi-synthetic lipoglycopeptide, which consists of lipophilic side-chains attached to glycopeptides. When compared to vancomycin, Dalvance™ has a longer half-life resulting in a duration of antibacterial activity of 5-7 days per dose. v If approved, Dalvance™ would be the first drug for ABSSSI requiring once-weekly 30-minute intravenous doses (1000 mg on Day 1 and 500 mg on Day 8). This may shorten the length of stay for patients who are hospitalized and, for appropriate patients, enable therapy in an outpatient setting eliminating the hospital admission altogether. vi Ultimately, this may lower the overall cost of care for these patients. ABOUT DURATA THERAPEUTICS, INC. Durata Therapeutics, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for patients with infectious diseases and acute illnesses. Durata has completed two global Phase 3 clinical trials with its lead product candidate, Dalvance™, for the treatment of patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections, or ABSSSI.