Potential role for telavancin in bacteremic infections due to gram-positive pathogens: focus on Staphylococcus aureus.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) is one of the most common serious bacterial infections and the most frequent invasive infection due to methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Treatment is challenging, particularly for MRSA, because of limited treatment options. Telavancin is a bactericidal lipoglycopeptide antibiotic that is active against a range of clinically relevant gram-positive pathogens including MRSA. In experimental animal models of sepsis telavancin was shown to be more effective than vancomycin. In clinically evaluable patients enrolled in a pilot study of uncomplicated SAB, cure rates were 88% for telavancin and 89% for standard therapy. Among patients with infection due to only gram-positive pathogens enrolled in the 2 phase 3 studies of telavancin for treatment of hospital-acquired pneumonia, cure rates for those with bacteremic S. aureus pneumonia were 41% (9/22, telavancin) and 40% (10/25, vancomycin) with identical mortality rates. These data support further evaluation of telavancin in larger, prospective studies of SAB.

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Cited Authors

  • Corey, GR; Rubinstein, E; Stryjewski, ME; Bassetti, M; Barriere, SL

Published Date

  • March 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 787 - 796

PubMed ID

  • 25472944

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4329924

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/cid/ciu971


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States