The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the approval of Dalvance® (dalbavancin) to include treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) caused by designated susceptible strains of Gram-positive microorganisms in pediatric patients. Previously, the treatment was only approved for adults 18 years of age and older.

Dalvance is a second-generation, semi-synthetic lipoglycopeptide. The approval was based on data from a multicenter, open-label, actively controlled phase 3 trial ( Identifier: NCT02814916) that evaluated the efficacy and safety of dalbavancin in 183 patients from birth to less than 18 years of age with ABSSSI, along with 3 pharmacokinetic studies. Patients were randomly assigned 3:3:1 to receive dalbavancin as a single-dose or 2-doses intravenously (IV), or a comparator which included IV vancomycin (for methicillin-resistant Gram-positive infections), or IV oxacillin or flucloxacillin (for methicillin susceptible Gram-positive infections). 

The primary objective was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of dalbavancin. A key secondary endpoint was early clinical response at 48 to 72 hours post-randomization based on at least a 20% reduction in lesion size compared with baseline and no receipt of rescue antibacterial therapy for children 3 months and older.

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Findings demonstrated that the safety profile of dalbavancin in pediatric patients was similar to that observed in adult patients. The proportion of patients with an early clinical response was 97.3% (n=73/75) in the dalbavancin single-dose arm, 93.6% (n=73/78) in the dalbavancin 2-dose arm, and 86.7% (n=26/30) in the comparator arm.

Dalvance is supplied as a single-use vial containing 500mg of lyophilized powder for IV infusion after reconstitution and dilution. The recommended dosage for pediatric patients with a creatinine clearance of 30mL/min/1.73m2 and above is based on age and weight and is administered as a single dose.


Dalvance® (dalbavancin) receives FDA approval to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in pediatric patients. News release. AbbVie. July 23, 2021. Accessed July 26, 2021.

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