A Randomized Clinical Trial of Single-Dose Versus Weekly Dalbavancin for Treatment of Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infection

March 28, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Clinical Infectious Diseases March 1, 2016 V.62 N.5 P.545-551

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Michael W. Dunne, Sailaja Puttagunta, Philip Giordano, Dainis Krievins, Michael Zelasky, and James Baldassarre

1Allergan plc, Branford, Connecticut

2Orlando Health, Florida

3Stradins University Hospital, Riga, Latvia

4Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Springhouse, Pennsylvania

Dalbavancin when delivered as a single 1500-mg infusion is noninferior to the same total dose given as a 2-dose regimen, removing the logistical constraints related to the second dose while improving compliance and patient convenience.


Acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSIs) are a cause of significant morbidity and therapy can be a burden to the healthcare system. New antibiotics that simplify treatment and avoid hospitalization are needed. This study compared the safety and efficacy of a single intravenous infusion of 1500 mg of dalbavancin to the 2-dose regimen.


This study was a randomized, double-blind trial in patients aged >18 years with ABSSSIs. Patients were randomized to dalbavancin 1500 mg either as a single intravenous (IV) infusion or 1000 mg IV on day 1 followed 1 week later by 500 mg IV. The primary endpoint was a ≥20% reduction in the area of erythema at 48–72 hours in the intent-to-treat population. Noninferiority was to be declared if the lower limit of the 95% confidence interval (CI) on the difference in the outcomes was greater than −10%. Clinical outcome was also assessed at days 14 and 28.


Six hundred ninety-eight patients were randomized. Demographic characteristics were similar on each regimen, although there were more patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at baseline on the 2-dose regimen (36/210 [17.1%] vs 61/220 [27.7%]). Dalbavancin delivered as a single dose was noninferior to a 2-dose regimen (81.4% vs 84.2%; difference, −2.9% [95% CI, −8.5% to 2.8%]). Clinical outcomes were also similar at day 14 (84.0% vs 84.8%), day 28 (84.5% vs 85.1%), and day 14 in clinically evaluable patients with MRSA in a baseline culture (92.9% vs 95.3%) in the single- and 2-dose regimens, respectively. Treatment-emergent adverse events occurred in 20.1% of the single-dose patients and 19.9% on the 2-dose regimen.


A single 1500-mg infusion of dalbavancin is noninferior to a 2-dose regimen, has a similar safety profile, and removes logistical constraints related to delivery of the second dose.

Clinical Trials Registration.NCT02127970.







Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Bacterias, Bacteriemias, Epidemiología, Infecciones en piel y tej blandos, Metodos diagnosticos, Resistencia bacteriana, Sepsis, Update.

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