EU5 Market Access Opportunities and Barriers for Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy| Physician & Payer Forum | EU5 | 2015

Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) is a convenient mechanism for treating patients with infections that require intravenous (IV) antibiotic drugs but are clinically stable and do not otherwise require hospitalization. In addition to improved convenience, OPAT offers distinct advantages over inpatient treatment, such as the potential to reduce healthcare costs and decrease the risk of complications due to prolonged hospitalization. Nonetheless, in contrast to its widespread use in the United States, the OPAT treatment modality has been slower to gain traction in the EU5. However, given that the reduction of treatment costs associated with inpatient antibiotic therapy can be a key driver of OPAT prescribing, commercial opportunity exists for novel antibiotics that can increase OPAT use via improvements in efficacy, safety, and delivery over currently available parenteral drugs.

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