Antimicrobial treatment of nosocomial meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia: current and future options.

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a frequent cause of nosocomial pneumonia. Inadequate or inappropriate antimicrobial therapy, often caused by antimicrobial resistance, is associated with increased mortality for these infections. Agents currently recommended for the treatment of MRSA pneumonia include vancomycin and linezolid in the USA, and vancomycin, linezolid, teicoplanin and quinupristin/dalfopristin in Europe. Antimicrobials such as tigecycline and daptomycin, although approved for the treatment of some MRSA infections, have not demonstrated efficacy equivalent to the approved agents for MRSA pneumonia. Further agents lack data from randomised controlled trials (e.g. fosfomycin, fusidic acid or rifampicin in combination with vancomycin). Antimicrobial agents that have recently been approved or are being investigated as treatments for MRSA infections include the lipoglycopeptides telavancin (approved for the treatment of complicated skin and skin-structure infections in the USA and Canada), dalbavancin and oritavancin, the cephalosporins ceftobiprole and ceftaroline, and the dihydrofolate reductase inhibitor iclaprim. To be an effective treatment for MRSA pneumonia, antimicrobial agents must have activity against antimicrobial-resistant S. aureus, penetrate well into the lung, have a low potential for resistance development and have a good safety profile. Here, the available data for current and potential future MRSA pneumonia antimicrobials are reviewed and discussed.
AuthorsTobias Welte, Mathias W Pletz
JournalInternational journal of antimicrobial agents (Int J Antimicrob Agents) Vol. 36 Issue 5 Pg. 391-400 (Nov 2010) ISSN: 1872-7913 [Electronic] Netherlands
PMID20724119 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Review)
CopyrightCopyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. and the International Society of Chemotherapy. All rights reserved.
Chemical References
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents (adverse effects, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic use)
  • Cross Infection (drug therapy, microbiology)
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (isolation & purification)
  • Pneumonia, Staphylococcal (drug therapy, microbiology)
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • United States

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