Cempra Goes Back To The Future With New Product/Old Antibiotic Taksta
Cempra's plans to get an old antibiotic product approved at last in the US have received a boost with positive Phase III data, but it still needs to see if the FDA wants another pivotal trial, and analysts are wondering where sales will come from.
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In all-stock transaction, troubled Cempra will merge with privately held Melinta to create a fully integrated anti-infectives company.
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