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CUBICIN is indicated for the treatment of the infections listed below.

1.1 Complicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections

Complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI) caused by susceptible isolates of the following Gram-positive bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant isolates), Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis, and Enterococcus faecalis (vancomycin-susceptible isolates only).

1.2 Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections (Bacteremia), Including Those with Right-Sided Infective Endocarditis, Caused by Methicillin-Susceptible and Methicillin-Resistant Isolates

Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (bacteremia), including those with right-sided infective endocarditis, caused by methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant isolates.

1.3 Limitations of Use

CUBICIN is not indicated for the treatment of pneumonia.

CUBICIN is not indicated for the treatment of left-sided infective endocarditis due to S. aureus.  The clinical trial of CUBICIN in patients with S. aureus bloodstream infections included limited data from patients with left-sided infective endocarditis; outcomes in these patients were poor [see Clinical Trials (14.2)].  CUBICIN has not been studied in patients with prosthetic valve endocarditis.

1.4 Usage

Appropriate specimens for microbiological examination should be obtained in order to isolate and identify the causative pathogens and to determine their susceptibility to daptomycin.

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of CUBICIN and other antibacterial drugs, CUBICIN should be used only to treat infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria.

When culture and susceptibility information is available, it should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy.  In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.  Empiric therapy may be initiated while awaiting test results.


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Other Information

CUBICIN contains daptomycin, a cyclic lipopeptide antibacterial agent derived from the fermentation of Streptomyces roseosporus.  The chemical name is N-decanoyl-L-tryptophyl-D-asparaginyl-L-aspartyl-L-threonylglycyl-L-ornithyl-L-aspartyl-D-alanyl-L-aspartylglycyl-D-seryl-threo-3-methyl-L-glutamyl-3-anthraniloyl-L-alanine ε1-lactone.  The chemical structure is:

Chemical Structure

The empirical formula is C72H101N17O26; the molecular weight is 1620.67.  CUBICIN is supplied in a single-use vial as a sterile, preservative-free, pale yellow to light brown, lyophilized cake containing approximately 500 mg of daptomycin for intravenous (IV) use following reconstitution with 0.9% sodium chloride injection [see Dosage and Administration (2.5)].  The only inactive ingredient is sodium hydroxide, which is used in minimal quantities for pH adjustment.  Freshly reconstituted solutions of CUBICIN range in color from pale yellow to light brown.

Cubicin Manufacturers

  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Cubicin (Daptomycin) Injection, Powder, Lyophilized, For Solution [Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.]

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