Efficacy and safety of intravenous meropenem and tobramycin versus ceftazidime and tobramycin in cystic fibrosis

Latzin, Philipp; Fehling, Maya; Bauernfeind, Adolf; Reinhardt, Dietrich; Kappler, Matthias; Griese, Matthias (2008). Efficacy and safety of intravenous meropenem and tobramycin versus ceftazidime and tobramycin in cystic fibrosis. Journal of cystic fibrosis, 7(2), pp. 142-6. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.jcf2007.07.001

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BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is characterized by chronic bacterial broncho-pulmonary infection. Although intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy is regarded as standard treatment in CF, only few randomised trials comparing different antibiotic compounds exist. METHODS: We report on a prospective multicenter interventional trial of IV meropenem (120 mg/kg/day) or IV ceftazidime (200-400 mg/kg/day), each administered together with IV tobramycin (9-12 mg/kg/day). Outcome measures were changes in lung function, microbiological sputum burden and blood inflammatory marker. Liver and renal function values were measured to assess safety. RESULTS: One hundred eighteen patients (59/59) were included into the study with the following indications: first infection of P. aeruginosa (n=6), acute pulmonary exacerbation (n=34) and suppression therapy of chronic P. aeruginosa colonization (n=78). Both treatments improved lung function measures, bacterial sputum burden and CRP levels with no differences between treatment groups observed. A significant higher elevation for alkaline phosphatase (p<0.0001) was observed for patients in the meropenem/tobramycin group. CONCLUSIONS: IV antibiotic therapy in CF patients with meropenem/tobramycin is as effective as with ceftazidime/tobramycin regarding lung function, microbiological sputum burden and systemic inflammatory status. Hepato-biliary function should be monitored carefully during IV treatment, possibly important in CF patients with pre-existing liver disease.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

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