Ceftobiprole Medocaril: A Review of Its Use in Patients with Hospital- or Community-Acquired Pneumonia.
Drugs. 2014 Aug 13;
Authors: Syed YY
Ceftobiprole, the active metabolite of the prodrug ceftobiprole medocaril (Zevtera(®)), is a new generation broad-spectrum intravenous cephalosporin with activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Ceftobiprole exhibits potent in vitro activity against a number of Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens associated with hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). It is the first cephalosporin monotherapy approved in the EU for the treatment of both HAP (excluding ventilator associated-pneumonia [VAP]) and CAP. In phase III trials, ceftobiprole medocaril was noninferior, in terms of clinical cure rates at the test-of-cure visit, to ceftazidime plus linezolid in patients with HAP and to ceftriaxone ± linezolid in patients with CAP severe enough to require hospitalization. In patients with HAP, noninferiority of ceftobiprole medocaril to ceftazidime plus linezolid was not demonstrated in a subset of patients with VAP. In patients with CAP, ceftobiprole medocaril was effective in those at risk for poor outcomes (pneumonia severity index ≥91, Pneumonia Patient Outcomes Research Team score IV-V or bacteraemic pneumonia). In the phase III trials, ceftobiprole medocaril was generally well tolerated, with ≈10 % of patients discontinuing the treatment because of adverse events. The most common treatment-related adverse events occurring in ceftobiprole recipients in the trials in patients with HAP or CAP included nausea, diarrhoea, infusion site reactions, vomiting, hepatic enzyme elevations and hyponatraemia. Therefore, ceftobiprole medocaril monotherapy offers a simplified option for the initial empirical treatment of patients with HAP (excluding VAP) and in those with CAP requiring hospitalization.
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