Public Safety Advocacy Group Asks For Warning on Tigecycline

The public safety advocacy group Public Citizen has called upon the FDA to ensure that the antibiotic tigecycline is marked with a black box warning -- due to the fact that there is a higher mortality rate with that drug than with other popular antibiotics. Public Citizen's Health Research Group deputy director reports that the mortality rate is 30% higher with tigecycline. In conjunction with that frightening statistic, it was found that the antibiotic also has higher rates of failure to cure serious infections in comparative studies. Currently, the drug's label does little to inform the consumer about its side effects.