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Ceftolozane/Tazobactam Plus Metronidazole for Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections in an Era of Multidrug Resistance: Results From a Randomized, Double-Blind, Phase 3 Trial (ASPECT-cIAI)

Clin Infec Dis May 15, 2015 V.60 N.10 P.1462-1471

Joseph Solomkin, Ellie Hershberger, Benjamin Miller, Myra Popejoy, Ian Friedland, Judith Steenbergen, Minjung Yoon, Sylva Collins, Guojun Yuan, Philip S. Barie, and Christian Eckmann

1Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio

2Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, Massachusetts

3Departments of Surgery and Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York

4Department of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery, Academic Hospital of Medical University Hannover, Peine, Germany

Correspondence: Joseph Solomkin, MD, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 6005 Given Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 (solomkjs{at} . 


Increasing antimicrobial resistance among pathogens causing complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAIs) supports the development of new antimicrobials. Ceftolozane/tazobactam, a novel antimicrobial therapy, is active against multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and most extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)–producing Enterobacteriaceae.


ASPECT-cIAI (Assessment of the Safety Profile and Efficacy of Ceftolozane/Tazobactam in Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections) was a prospective, randomized, double-blind trial. Hospitalized patients with cIAI received either ceftolozane/tazobactam (1.5 g) plus metronidazole (500 mg) every 8 hours or meropenem (1 g) every 8 hours intravenously for 4–14 days. The prospectively defined objectives were to demonstrate statistical noninferiority in clinical cure rates at the test-of-cure visit (24–32 days from start of therapy) in the microbiological intent-to-treat (primary) and microbiologically evaluable (secondary) populations using a noninferiority margin of 10%. Microbiological outcomes and safety were also evaluated.


Ceftolozane/tazobactam plus metronidazole was noninferior to meropenem in the primary (83.0% [323/389] vs 87.3% [364/417]; weighted difference, −4.2%; 95% confidence interval [CI], −8.91 to .54) and secondary (94.2% [259/275] vs 94.7% [304/321]; weighted difference, −1.0%; 95% CI, −4.52 to 2.59) endpoints, meeting the prespecified noninferiority margin. In patients with ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae, clinical cure rates were 95.8% (23/24) and 88.5% (23/26) in the ceftolozane/tazobactam plus metronidazole and meropenem groups, respectively, and 100% (13/13) and 72.7% (8/11) in patients with CTX-M-14/15 ESBLs. The frequency of adverse events (AEs) was similar in both treatment groups (44.0% vs 42.7%); the most common AEs in either group were nausea and diarrhea.


Treatment with ceftolozane/tazobactam plus metronidazole was noninferior to meropenem in adult patients with cIAI, including infections caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens.

Clinical Trials Registration.NCT01445665 and NCT01445678.



April 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Factors associated with treatment failure in vertebral osteomyelitis requiring spinal instrumentation.

Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014;58(2):880-4.

Arnold R1, Rock C, Croft L, Gilliam BL, Morgan DJ.

1Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


Patients with vertebral osteomyelitis may require instrumentation for spinal stabilization. Determining the optimal duration and type of antimicrobial therapy for these patients is challenging.

The aim of this study was to examine risk factors for treatment failure, in particular antimicrobial duration, in a cohort of patients requiring spinal instrumentation for vertebral osteomyelitis.

We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all patients with vertebral osteomyelitis who had spinal instrumentation between January 2002 and January 2012 at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The primary outcome measure was treatment failure >4 weeks postoperatively.

We identified 131 patients with vertebral osteomyelitis requiring spinal instrumentation, 94 of whom had >4 weeks of follow-up and were included in the primary analysis. Treatment failure occurred in 22 of the 94 patients (23%) at a median of 4 months after surgery.

Among patients who failed therapy, 20 of 22 failed within 1 year of surgery. Cervical and thoracic infection sites and the presence of negative cultures were associated with fewer treatment failures.

Addition of rifampin and the use of chronic suppressive antimicrobials did not affect treatment failure rate.

Twenty-three percent of patients with spinal instrumentation for vertebral osteomyelitis experienced treatment failure.

Treatment failure almost always occurred within the first year of spinal instrumentation


April 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm


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