Avibactam is a novel non-β-lactam β-lactamase inhibitor that is currently undergoing phase 3 clinical trials in combination with ceftazidime. Ceftazidime is hydrolyzed by a broad range of β-lactamases, but avibactam is able to inhibit the majority of these enzymes. The studies described here attempt to provide insight into the amount of avibactam required to suppress bacterial growth in an environment where the concentrations of both agents are varying as they would when administered to humans. Following the simulation of a single intravenous dose of the drug, ceftazidime alone had no effect on any test organism, but a ceftazidime-avibactam combination resulted in rapid killing of all of the strains, with growth suppressed for the 8 h of the study. For seven of eight strains, this was achieved with a 1-g-250-mg profile, but a 2-g-500-mg profile was necessary to completely suppress a high-level-AmpC-producing isolate. When ceftazidime was infused continuously for 24 h with a single bolus dose of avibactam, rapid killing of all of the strains was again observed, with growth suppressed for 10 to >24 h. Regrowth appeared to commence once the avibactam concentration dropped below a critical concentration of approximately 0.3 μg/ml. In a third series of studies, ceftazidime was administered every 8 h for 24 h with avibactam administered at fixed concentrations for short periods during each ceftazidime dose profile. Simulating a 1-g dose of ceftazidime, an avibactam pulse of >0.25 and <0.5 μg/ml was required to suppress growth for 24 h.
June 1, 2014
Author(s): Ken Coleman, Premavathy Levasseur, Anne-Marie Girard, Monica Borgonovi, Christine Miossec, Henri Merdjan, George Drusano, David Shlaes, Wright Nichols
Year: June 1, 2014