Clinical experience with daptomycin: bacteraemia and endocarditis.
J Antimicrob Chemother. 2008 Nov;62 Suppl 3:iii35-39
Authors: Levine DP
Serious infections due to Staphylococcus aureus, especially those due to methicillin-resistant S. aureus, have become a major challenge. Vancomycin has long been the drug of choice for treatment of such infections, but failures due to its slow bactericidal activity coupled with increasing MICs have necessitated a search for new, more effective agents. Daptomycin has been studied by a number of investigators and has proved to be effective for bacteraemic infections due to staphylococci as well as vancomycin-resistant enterococci and other Gram-positive organisms. In addition, in a randomized controlled trial comparing daptomycin monotherapy with potentially synergistic therapy with either vancomycin or beta-lactam, both used in combination with an aminoglycoside, daptomycin achieved comparable outcomes but with significantly less nephrotoxicity.
PMID: 18829724 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]