Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Jul 17;99(29):e21223. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000021223.
Lefamulin is a novel pleuromutilin antibiotic with potent in vitro activity against key community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) pathogens. However, the clinical efficacy and safety of lefamulin for treating CABP remains unclear.An integrated analysis of 2 phase III trials investigating the clinical efficacy and safety of lefamulin vs moxifloxacin in the treatment of CABP was conducted.A total of 1289 patients (lefamulin group: 646 and moxifloxacin group: 643) were included in this analysis. The early clinical response rate was 89.3% and 90.5% among lefamulin and moxifloxacin group, respectively. Lefamulin was noninferior to moxifloxacin (89.3% vs 90.5%, RR: 0.99, 95% CI: 0.95-1.02, I = 0%). In terms of clinical response at test of cure, no significant difference was observed between the lefamulin and moxifloxacin groups (for modified intention to treat population, RR: 0.98, 95% CI: 0.94-1.02, I = 0%; for clinically evaluable population, RR: 0.96, 95% CI: 0.93-1.00, I = 0%). In the subgroup analysis, the early clinical response rate at early clinical assessment and clinical response rate at test of cure of lefamulin was similar to that of moxifloxacin across different subgpopulations and all baseline CABP pathogens. Lefamulin was associated with a similar risk of adverse events as moxifloxacin.Clinical efficacy and tolerability for lefamulin in the treatment of CABP were similar to those for moxifloxacin.