Marys Medicine

Linezolid vs Vancomycin*
Analysis of Two Double-Blind Studies of Patients
With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Nosocomial Pneumonia
Richard G. Wunderink, MD, FCCP; Jordi Rello, MD, PhD;Sue K. Cammarata, MD, FCCP; Rodney V. Croos-Dabrera, PhD; andMarin H. Kollef, MD, FCCP Objective: To assess the effect of baseline variables, including treatment, on outcome in patients
with nosocomial pneumonia due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Retrospective analysis of data from two prospective, randomized, double-blind studies.
Multinational study with 134 sites.
A total of 1,019 patients with suspected Gram-positive nosocomial pneumonia, including
339 patients with documented S aureus
pneumonia (S aureus subset) and 160 patients with
documented MRSA pneumonia (MRSA subset).
Linezolid, 600 mg, or vancomycin, 1 g, q12h for 7 to 21 days, each with aztreonam.
Measurements and results:
Outcome was measured by survival and clinical cure rates (assessed 12
to 28 days after the end of therapy). Logistic regression analysis was used to determine the effect
of treatment and other baseline variables on outcome. Kaplan-Meier survival rates for linezolid
vs vancomycin were 80.0% (60 of 75 patients) vs 63.5% (54 of 85 patients) for the MRSA subset
0.03). Logistic regression analysis confirmed that the survival difference favoring linezolid
remained significant after adjusting for baseline variables (odds ratio [OR], 2.2; 95% confidence
interval [CI], 1.0 to 4.8; p
0.05). Other baseline variables associated with significantly higher
survival rates in MRSA pneumonia were serum creatinine levels less than or equal to two times
the upper limit of normal and absence of cardiac comorbidities. Clinical cure rates for linezolid
vs vancomycin (excluding indeterminate or missing outcomes) were 59.0% (36 of 61 patients) vs
35.5% (22 of 62 patients) for the MRSA subset (p < 0.01). Logistic regression analysis confirmed
that the difference favoring linezolid remained significant after adjusting for baseline variables
(OR, 3.3; 95% CI, 1.3 to 8.3; p
0.01). Other baseline variables associated with significantly
higher clinical cure rates in MRSA pneumonia were single-lobe pneumonia, absence of ventila-
tor-associated pneumonia, and absence of oncologic and renal comorbidities.
In this retrospective analysis, initial therapy with linezolid was associated with
significantly better survival and clinical cure rates than was vancomycin in patients with
nosocomial pneumonia due to MRSA.

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Key words: linezolid; methicillin resistance; nosocomial pneumonia; regression analysis; Staphylococcus aureus; vancomycin
Abbreviations: APACHE ⫽ acute physiology and chronic health evaluation; CI ⫽ confidence interval; ELF ⫽ epithelial
lining fluid; EOT ⫽ end of treatment; EPIC ⫽ European Prevalence of Infection in Intensive Care; ITT ⫽ intent to treat; MIC ⫽ minimal inhibitory concentration; MRSA ⫽ methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; OR ⫽ odds ratio; VAP ⫽ ventilator-associated pneumonia Pneumonia was the most common nosocomial frequently reported pathogens, but Gram-positive
infection among patients in combined medical- pathogens are being reported with increasing fre- surgical ICUs in the National Nosocomial Infections quency. Staphylococcus aureus was the most fre- Surveillance1; nosocomial pneumonia occurred in31% of patients. Similarly, pneumonia was the lead- For editorial comment see page 1632
ing cause of ICU-acquired infection in the EuropeanPrevalence of Infection in Intensive Care (EPIC) quently reported isolate, and accounted for 17% of Study2; the crude mortality rate for ICU-acquired the pathogens in patients with nosocomial pneumo- pneumonia was 31%, and the associated odds ratio nia in the National Nosocomial Infections Surveil- (OR) for death was 1.9.
lance1 and for 30% of pathogens in patients in the In the past, Gram-negative aerobes were the most EPIC Study,2 which included pneumonia and other CHEST / 124 / 5 / NOVEMBER, 2003 Downloaded From: on 10/07/2016
types of ICU-acquired infections. Methicillin-resis- The design of the two studies was identical and is summarized tant S aureus (MRSA) is an increasingly common briefly in this article. Both studies were randomized, double cause of infections and accounted for 60% of S blind, multicenter, multinational, and comparator controlled.
Both were designed as registration studies according to guide- aureus isolates in the EPIC Study.2 lines for industry specified by the US Food and Drug Adminis- Vancomycin has been the standard and, until re- tration for the assessment of patients with nosocomial pneumo- cently, only option for the treatment of patients with nia.7 The studies included 134 investigator sites in North MRSA infections; however, only limited data on the America, Europe, Israel, South Africa, Australia, and Latin treatment of patients with MRSA nosocomial pneumo- America, and enrolled patients from October 13, 1998, to April28, 2000; 70 sites (52.2%) participated in both studies. Studies nia are available from large comparator-controlled were approved by the Institutional Review Board for each studies. Two double-blind, registration studies3,4 of investigator site, and informed consent was obtained from all patients with Gram-positive nosocomial pneumonia patients or their legally authorized representative.
have recently been completed in which patients wererandomly assigned to receive initial empiric treatment Patients in the Prospective Studies with linezolid or vancomycin, each with aztreonam.
Each registration study was powered for equivalence, Adult men and women with pneumonia acquired after 48 h in an inpatient facility were eligible for enrollment. Patients had to and there were no outcome differences between treat- have at least two of the following: cough; purulent sputum; ment groups. We were intrigued by subset analyses auscultatory findings of pneumonia; dyspnea, tachypnea, or that revealed a survival difference favoring linezolid hypoxemia; or isolation of a respiratory pathogen from respiratory when patients were stratified by APACHE (acute or blood cultures. Patients also had to have at least two of the physiology and chronic health evaluation) II scores.5,6 following: fever or hypothermia, respiratory rate ⬎ 30 breaths/min, systolic BP ⬍ 90 mm Hg, pulse rate ⱖ 120 beats/min, The identical design of these studies and their com- altered mental status, need for mechanical ventilation, total bined sample size offer an opportunity to evaluate a peripheral WBC count ⬎ 10,000/␮L or ⬍ 4,500/␮L, or ⬎ 15% large database of patients with nosocomial pneumonia, immature neutrophils. Patients had to have radiographic findings including patients with S aureus and MRSA pneumo- of pneumonia (new or progressive infiltrates, consolidation, or nia. To assess the effect of baseline variables, including pleural effusion), adequate respiratory and sputum specimens forGram stain and culture, and life expectancy ⱖ 7 days. Exclusion treatment, on survival and clinical cure in patients with criteria were infecting Gram-positive organism resistant to either nosocomial pneumonia due to MRSA, we conducted a study medication; known or suspected meningitis, endocarditis, retrospective logistic regression analysis of data that osteomyelitis, or pulmonary disease that could preclude evalua- were collected prospectively in these studies.3,4 tion of therapeutic response (eg, granulomatous diseases, lungcancer, or another malignancy metastatic to the lung); history orevidence of coagulopathy; cystic fibrosis or suspected activetuberculosis; pheochromocytoma, untreated hyperthyroidism, Materials and Methods untreated or uncontrolled hypertension, or carcinoid syndrome;CD4 cell count ⬍ 200/␮L secondary to HIV infection; unstable Data from two prospective, randomized, double-blind, regis- psychiatric condition or seizure disorder requiring long-term tration studies3,4 comparing linezolid with vancomycin, each with medications; previous antibiotic treatment for ⬎ 24 h, unless aztreonam, in patients with suspected nosocomial pneumonia documented treatment failure or pathogen resistant to previous were combined and retrospectively analyzed to identify variables nonstudy antibiotic therapy; hypersensitivity to any study medi- that affected outcome as measured by survival and clinical cure cation; liver disease and total bilirubin more than five times the rates in patients with documented S aureus and MRSA pneu- upper limit of normal; and severe neutropenia (⬍ 500/␮L).
Patients were also excluded if they were pregnant, lactating, orunable to take adequate contraceptive measures.
*From Methodist Healthcare Memphis and the University ofTennessee (Dr. Wunderink), Memphis, TN; Joan XXIII Univer-sity Hospital (Dr. Rello), University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Interventions and Assessments in the Prospective Studies Spain; Pharmacia (Drs. Cammarata and Croos-Dabrera),Kalamazoo, MI; and Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmo- Patients were randomly assigned to receive either linezolid, nary and Critical Care Division (Dr. Kollef), Washington Univer- 600 mg, or vancomycin, 1 g, which were administered by IV sity School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
infusion q12h for 7 to 21 consecutive days. Vancomycin dosage Dr. Wunderink is a consultant for, and has received research adjustments were required for patients with renal impairment support from Pharmacia. Drs. Wunderink and Rello are on the and were permitted for other patients according to the local speaker's bureau for Pharmacia. Drs. Cammarata and Croos-Dabrera are employees of Pharmacia. Dr. Kollef has received standard of care. To maintain blinding, a research pharmacist or honoraria from Pharmacia for lectures at national conferences.
equivalent nonstudy personnel monitored vancomycin dosages.
This study was supported by a grant from Pharmacia Corpora- All patients received concurrent aztreonam, 1 to 2 g q8h, for tion, Peapack, NJ.
possible mixed infection; aztreonam therapy could be discontin- Manuscript received January 21, 2003; revision accepted May 6, ued if no Gram-negative pathogens were identified. If no Gram- positive pathogens were identified, then the patient was dropped Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permis- from the study.
sion from the American College of Chest Physicians (e-mail: Baseline microbiologic specimens were obtained for diagnosis through the day after enrollment. Acceptable culture methods Correspondence to: Richard G. Wunderink, MD, FCCP, MethodistHealthcare Memphis, 1265 Union Ave, Suite 501 Crews, Memphis, included expectorated sputum, endotracheal suction specimen, TN 38104-3499; e-mail: and blood cultures as well as "invasive methods" such as pro- Clinical Investigations Downloaded From: on 10/07/2016
tected specimen brush, BAL, transtracheal aspirate, transthoracic received at least one dose of either linezolid or aspirate, and thoracentesis. Final pathogen identification and vancomycin, and composed the ITT group (Fig 1). A susceptibility testing were determined at a central laboratory bymicrodilution techniques according to National Committee for total of 339 patients had documented S aureus Clinical Laboratory Standards guidelines.
pneumonia (S aureus subset), including 223 patients Survival analyses were conducted for all treated patients with (66%) in whom it was diagnosed by invasive pro- nosocomial pneumonia, and for the subsets with S aureus and cedure (ie, as protected specimen brush, BAL, MRSA pneumonia. For analysis of cure rates, patients were transtracheal or transthoracic aspiration, or thora- required to have had at least 5 days of therapy to be assessed ascured and at least 2 days of therapy to be assessed as failed.
centesis) or blood culture. All but one of the S aureus Clinical cure or failure was assessed at the end of treatment isolates had vancomycin minimal inhibitory concen- (EOT) and was repeated at the follow-up visit 12 to 28 days after trations (MICs) of ⱕ 2 ␮g/mL, and 90% had MICs EOT. Results at the follow-up visit were used for all clinical of ⱕ 1 ␮g/mL. A total of 160 had documented analyses. Clinical cure was defined as the resolution of baseline MRSA pneumonia (MRSA subset), including 95 signs and symptoms of pneumonia, with improvement or lack ofprogression of radiographic findings. Clinical failure was defined patients (59.4%) in whom it was diagnosed by inva- as persistence or progression of pneumonia, or the administration sive procedures or blood culture.
of a nonstudy antibiotic for pneumonia.
Patient characteristics were similar between the Patients whose follow-up outcomes were missing or indeter- two studies, and data were combined. Patient char- minate were excluded from analyses of cure rates (but not from acteristics for the S aureus and MRSA subsets are survival analyses). A follow-up outcome of missing or indetermi-nate was possible in the following scenarios. Patients who shown in Table 1. Characteristics for patients in- received ⬍ 2 days of treatment were assigned a follow-up cluded in the analyses of clinical cure (excluding outcome of missing. Patients assessed by the investigator as cured those with indeterminate or missing outcomes) were or improved at EOT, and whose assessment at follow-up was comparable to those for the corresponding ITT indeterminate (or not reported) were assigned an outcome of populations (data not shown).
indeterminate. Patients with an investigator's assessment ofclinical failure at EOT, followed by indeterminate (or notreported) at follow-up were assigned an outcome of failure.
Survival Analysis Patients assessed by the investigator as indeterminate at bothEOT and follow-up were also assigned an outcome of failure.
All patients were included in the ITT analysis of survival. Overall Kaplan-Meier survival rates for all Statistics in the Retrospective Analysis patients with nosocomial pneumonia (ITT group)were 80.9% (424 of 524 patients) for linezolid and All results were locked into the database before the retrospec- 77.8% (385 of 495 patients) for vancomycin tive analysis was conducted. Statistics were calculated using (p ⫽ 0.21). As shown in Figure 2, Kaplan-Meier Statistical Analysis System Version 6.12 (SAS Institute; Cary,NC). The Kaplan-Meier method was used to assess survival rate.
survival rates for linezolid vs vancomycin therapy ␹2 test was used to assess the association between treatment and were 78.0% (131 of 168 patients) vs 70.8% (121 of categorical variables. Stepwise analysis was performed using 171 patients) for the S aureus subset (p ⫽ 0.13), and logistic regression to identify the most parsimonious model for 80.0% (60 of 75 patients) vs 63.5% (54 of 85 patients) clinical cure and survival. Baseline variables used as potential for the MRSA subset (p ⫽ 0.03). Similar trends were predictors in the stepwise analysis were similar to those used inanother logistic regression analysis8 and included treatment with seen in the 223 patients in whom the presence of S linezolid or vancomycin; age ⬍ or ⱖ 65 years; APACHE II score aureus was confirmed at baseline by invasive diag- ⱕ 20 or ⬎ 20; single- or multiple-lobe pneumonia; presence or nostic procedure or blood culture; 79% (86 of 109 absence of pleural effusion, bacteremia, and ventilator-associated patients) receiving linezolid and 72% (82 of 114 pneumonia (VAP); bilirubin ⱕ or ⬎ 41.0 ␮mol/L (2.4 mg/dL); patients) receiving vancomycin survived (p ⫽ 0.23).
creatinine ⱕ or ⬎ 229.8 ␮mol/L (2.6 mg/dL) for men and ⱕ or ⬎ 212.2 ␮mol/L (2.4 mg/dL) for women; and presence or In the subset with MRSA confirmed by invasive absence of cardiac, diabetic, hepatic, oncologic, renal, respira- procedure or blood culture, 85% (34 of 40 patients) tory, or vascular comorbidities. Stepwise analyses used signifi- receiving linezolid and 67% (37 of 55 patients) cance levels of 0.25 for entry in the model and 0.10 for staying in receiving vancomycin survived (p ⫽ 0.05).
the model; statistical significance was assessed by the likelihood Bacteremia was confirmed in 13% (44 of 339 ratio test. ORs, 95% confidence intervals (CIs), and p values forbaseline variables associated with clinical cure and survival were patients) from whom S aureus was isolated, includ- calculated for the most parsimonious logistic regression model; ing 6% (22 of 339 patients) with MRSA bacteremia.
p ⱕ 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Of the patients with S aureus bacteremia, 18 of 22linezolid-treated patients and 16 of 22 vancomycin-treated patients survived (p ⫽ 0.47). Of the patients with MRSA bacteremia, 7 of 8 linezolid-treatedpatients and 9 of 14 vancomycin-treated patients survived (p ⫽ 0.24).
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Figure 1. Flow diagram for patients with nosocomial pneumonia.
(OR, 1.4; 95% CI, 1.0 to 2.0; p ⫽ 0.03), APACHE II in 37 linezolid recipients and 42 vancomycin recipi- score ⱕ 20 (OR, 2.5; 95% CI, 1.7 to 3.7; p ⬍ 0.01), ents for the following reasons: death (n ⫽ 9 and single-lobe pneumonia (OR,1.9; 95% CI, 1.3 to 2.6; n ⫽ 12), loss to follow-up and other administrative p ⬍ 0.01), age ⬍ 65 years (OR, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.6 to reasons (n ⫽ 11 and n ⫽ 16), isolation of Gram- 3.3; p ⬍ 0.01), and serum creatinine less than or negative pathogens only (n ⫽ 12 and n ⫽ 10), and equal to two times the upper limit of normal (OR, adverse events (n ⫽ 5 and n ⫽ 4), respectively. Clin- 2.6; 95% CI, 1.4 to 4.9; p ⬍ 0.01). As shown in Table ical outcome was indeterminate at follow-up in 70 2, significant predictors of survival in the S aureus linezolid and 66 vancomycin recipients; these pa- subset were APACHE II score ⱕ 20, and absence of tients were assessed as cured or improved at their cardiac and renal comorbidities. Logistic regression analysis confirmed that the survival difference favor- In patients who had a clinical outcome assessment ing linezolid therapy in the MRSA subset remained of cure or failure, overall clinical cure rates for all significant after adjusting for baseline variables. Ad- patients with nosocomial pneumonia were 53.0% ditional significant predictors of survival in the (221 of 417 patients) for linezolid and 52.2% (202 of MRSA subset were serum creatinine less than orequal to two times the upper limit of normal and 387 patients) for vancomycin (p ⫽ 0.82). As shown in absence of cardiac comorbidities.
Figure 3, clinical cure rates for linezolid vs vanco-mycin therapy were 51.5% (70 of 136 patients) vs43.4% (59 of 136 patients) for the S aureus subset Clinical Cure Analysis (p ⫽ 0.18), and 59.0% (36 of 61 patients) vs 35.5% In the clinical cure regression analysis, 804 of (22 of 62 patients) for the MRSA subset (p ⬍ 0.01).
1,019 treated patients were included and 215 were Similar trends were seen in patients in whom the excluded because their clinical outcome at follow-up presence of S aureus was confirmed by invasive was either missing (n ⫽ 79) or indeterminate diagnostic procedure or blood culture; 51% (47 of 92 (n ⫽ 136). Clinical outcome was missing at follow-up patients) receiving linezolid and 43% (39 of 90 Clinical Investigations Downloaded From: on 10/07/2016
Table 1—Patient Characteristics, Including Those Used in Logistic Regression Analysis*
ITT S aureus (n ⫽ 339) ITT MRSA (n ⫽ 160) Linezolid (n ⫽ 168) Vancomycin (n ⫽ 171) Linezolid (n ⫽ 75) Vancomycin (n ⫽ 85) Treatment duration† APACHE II score ⬎ 20 Chest radiographic variables Multilobe pneumonia Bilirubin ⬎ 41.0 mol/L (2.4 mg/dL) Serum creatinine ⬎ 229.8 mol/L‡ *Data are presented as No. of patients (%) unless otherwise indicated.
†Characteristic not included in logistic regression analysis.
‡Less than 229.8 ␮mol/L (2.6 mg/dL) for men and 212.2 ␮mol/L (2.4 mg/dL) for women.
patients) receiving vancomycin had a clinical cure logic and renal comorbidities. Additional significant (p ⫽ 0.30). In the subset with MRSA confirmed by predictors of cure in the S aureus subset were invasive procedure or blood culture, 58% (19 of 33 APACHE II score ⱕ 20 and absence of cardiac patients) receiving linezolid and 33% (13 of 39 comorbidities. Logistic regression analysis confirmed patients) receiving vancomycin had a clinical cure that the difference in clinical cure rate favoring (p ⫽ 0.04).
linezolid therapy in the MRSA subset remained Of the patients with S aureus bacteremia, 10 of 18 significant after adjusting for baseline variables.
linezolid-treated patients and 7 of 16 vancomycin-treated patients had a clinical cure (p ⫽ 0.49). Of thepatients with MRSA bacteremia, four of six linezolid- treated patients and three of eight vancomycin-treated patients had a clinical cure (p ⫽ 0.28).
As seen in other analyses,9–14 our retrospective Significant predictors of clinical cure in all patients analysis identified the presence of some baseline with nosocomial pneumonia were APACHE II score variables, such as APACHE II score ⱕ 20 or absence ⱕ 20 (OR, 2.9; 95% CI, 1.9 to 4.7; p ⬍ 0.01), of comorbidities, as independent predictors of sur- single-lobe pneumonia (OR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.3 to 2.4; vival. However, the only baseline variable amenable p ⬍ 0.01), absence of VAP (OR, 2.1; 95% CI, 1.5 to to intervention in this setting is the choice of initial 2.9; p ⬍ 0.01), and absence of oncologic (OR, 2.3; antimicrobial therapy. The importance of appropri- 95% CI, 1.3 to 4.0; p ⬍ 0.01) and renal comorbidities ate initial empiric therapy is well known. Crude (OR, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.4 to 3.8; p ⬍ 0.01). As shown in mortality rates in critically ill patients are 8.5 to Table 3, significant predictors of clinical cure in both 39.9% lower if initial empiric antimicrobial therapy is the S aureus and MRSA subsets were single-lobe appropriate than if modification is required.15–17 pneumonia, absence of VAP, and absence of onco- Whereas appropriate therapy is necessary, ours is the CHEST / 124 / 5 / NOVEMBER, 2003 Downloaded From: on 10/07/2016

Figure 2. Kaplan-Meier survival curves for uncensored data.
first analysis, based on randomized, double-blind (80.0% vs 63.5%, p ⫽ 0.03) and clinical cure rates clinical study data,3,4 to demonstrate a survival ad- (59.0% vs 35.5%, p ⬍ 0.01) if they were treated with vantage for one appropriate antimicrobial agent over linezolid than with vancomycin. Patients were en- another appropriate agent in patients treated for rolled based on their clinical diagnoses, before cul- MRSA pneumonia.
ture results were known; a potential exists for imbal- Patients in the MRSA subset had better survival ances to occur between treatment groups in riskfactors that might have affected outcomes. However,logistic regression analysis confirmed that the advan- Table 2—Results of Logistic Regression Analysis for
tages favoring linezolid therapy remained significant Survival in Patients With Nosocomial Pneumonia
after adjusting for differences in baseline variables in the subset with MRSA pneumonia.
Only two other randomized studies8,18 of patients ITT S aureus (n ⫽ 339) Linezolid therapy with Gram-positive nosocomial pneumonia in which vancomycin was the control agent are available.
APACHE II score ⱕ 20 Quinupristin/dalfopristin and vancomycin had equiv- Single-lobe pneumonia alent clinical cure rates in all patients (43.3% vs Presence of pleural effusion 45.3%; 95% CI, ⫺ 13.2 to 9.3; n ⫽ 298) and statis- Absence of cardiac comorbidities Absence of renal comorbidities tically equivalent clinical cure rates in the subset ITT MRSA (n ⫽ 160) with MRSA pneumonia (19.4% vs 40.0%; 95% CI, Linezolid therapy ⫺ 46.2 to 4.9; n ⫽ 51).8 Linezolid and vancomycin APACHE II score ⱕ 20 had equivalent clinical cure rates in all patients with Presence of pleural effusion pneumonia (51.3% vs 50.0%, n ⫽ 71) and in the Creatinine ⱕ 229.8 ␮mol/L* 11.9 (1.1–125.0) Absence of cardiac comorbidities subset with MRSA pneumonia (52.2% vs 53.8%,n ⫽ 49)18; this study was not included in the current *Less than or equal to 229.8 ␮mol/L (2.6 mg/dL) for men and ⱕ 212.2 ␮mol/L (2.4 mg/dL) for women.
analysis because the protocol was different and †Significant at 0.05 level.
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Figure 3. Clinical cure rates for linezolid and vancomycin therapy in patients with Gram-positive,nosocomial pneumonia. Data from patients with indeterminate or missing clinical outcomes wereexcluded.
of infections, such as skin and soft-tissue infections.
(9.6 mg/kg vs 40.6 mg/L) and at 12 h (2.8 mg/kg vs Survival rates were not reported in either study.8,18 6.7 mg/L) in 30 patients.19 In contrast, mean con- An important difference between those two studies centrations of linezolid were higher in epithelial and ours was the enrollment of more than three lining fluid (ELF) than in plasma at 4 h (64.3 ␮g/mL times as many patients with nosocomial Gram-posi- vs 7.3 ␮g/mL) and at 12 h (24.3 ␮g/mL vs 7.6 tive pneumonia and MRSA pneumonia in the com- ␮g/mL) in 25 volunteers,20 and in ELF than in blood bined linezolid studies3,4 than in the next largest at 2 to 4 h (29.5 ␮g/mL vs 15.9 ␮g/mL) and at 6 to 10 h (26.6 ␮g/mL vs 10.9 ␮g/mL) in 10 patients.21 One possible reason for the association between The distribution of antimicrobial agents may be linezolid and improved survival is the poor penetra- different into ELF and lung tissue; however, the tion of vancomycin into the lungs seen in pharmaco- ratio of vancomycin concentration in the lung sample kinetic studies. Mean concentrations of vancomycin to that in serum or plasma was higher in the study in lung tissue were lower than those in serum at 1 h involving lung tissue19 than in an earlier study ofvancomycin concentrations in ELF.22 The collectiveresults of these studies indicate that linezolid, but Table 3—Results of Logistic Regression Analysis for
not vancomycin, concentrations exceeded the MIC Clinical Cure in Patients With Nosocomial Pneumonia*
breakpoint for susceptible S aureus throughout the 12-h dosing interval; the break point is 4 ␮g/mL forboth antimicrobial agents.
S aureus pneumonia (n ⫽ 272) Our study design had some limitations. Our study Linezolid therapy APACHE II score ⱕ 20 was a retrospective subgroup analysis. However, the Single-lobe pneumonia data were from prospective, randomized, double- blind studies, and the database was locked before the Absence of cardiac comorbidities retrospective analysis was conducted. The predeter- Absence of oncologic comorbidities mined primary end point of both studies was clinical Absence of renal comorbidities 13.5 (3.0–62.5) MRSA pneumonia (n ⫽ 123) cure, which was assessed at follow-up and defined Linezolid therapy conservatively; clinical outcome was assessed as fail- Single-lobe pneumonia ure if the assessment was either failure or indeter- minate at EOT followed by indeterminate at follow- Absence of oncologic comorbidities 21.7 (3.7–125.0) ⬍ 0.001† up. Although not a prospectively defined end point, Absence of renal comorbidities 16.4 (3.2–83.3) Absence of hepatic comorbidities mortality is an objective, clinically relevant parame-ter. In addition, our analysis included microbiologi- *Data from patients with clinical outcomes assessed as indeterminate or missing were excluded.
cally documented cases of S aureus nosocomial †Significant at 0.05 level.
pneumonia from the entire ITT population. Sec- CHEST / 124 / 5 / NOVEMBER, 2003 Downloaded From: on 10/07/2016
ondly, results of two studies were combined; how- pneumonia including VAP,15–17 appropriate empiric ever, the protocols were identical, approximately half treatment must be initiated promptly. The results of of the investigators were identical, and we found no this retrospective analysis suggest that initial empiric differences between the two study populations.
therapy with linezolid should be considered in pa- Combining studies allowed us to examine the largest tients with suspected nosocomial pneumonia who cohort of patients with MRSA pneumonia enrolled are at risk for infection due to MRSA. Candidates for in randomized, double-blind studies identified by a this approach may include patients who are admitted computerized search of the published literature, to facilities where MRSA is present, whose stain which in turn reduced the risk of ␤ error and allowed is positive for Gram-positive cocci, and who have risk us to confirm findings noted in the original co- factors for MRSA as shown epidemiologic studies.30,31 horts.5,6 In contrast, the lack of significant differencein clinical cure rates between vancomycin and quinu- ACKNOWLEDGMENT: We thank M. Michele Wesley, Beth A.
Lesher, and Cindy W. Hamilton for assistance with manuscript pristin/dalfopristin in the MRSA subset of the study preparation; Mary Catherine Krug for programming assistance; by Fagon and colleagues8 (40% vs 19.4%) may have and Vu H. Le for statistical support.
been attributable to the small sample size.
The optimal method for dosing vancomycin has been debated.23–26 The dose of vancomycin chosenfor the registration studies, 1 g q12h, is the approved 1 Richards MJ, Edwards JR, Culver DH, et al. Nosocomial infections in combined medical-surgical intensive care units dose, approximates the 15 mg/kg dose in a standard in the United States. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2000; guide,27 and is identical to that used in other ran- domized studies8,18 of vancomycin. Pharmacokinetic 2 Vincent JL, Bihari DJ, Suter PM, et al. The prevalence of monitoring is often advocated to avoid toxicity or nosocomial infection in intensive care units in Europe: results even to improve efficacy, especially when combined of the European Prevalence of Infection in Intensive Care(EPIC) Study; EPIC International Advisory Committee.
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The ways for development of environmentally safe solid composite propellants

Progress in Propulsion Physics 1 (2009) 63-80 DOI: 10.1051/eucass/200901063 © Owned by the authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2009 THE WAYS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE SOLID COMPOSITE PROPELLANTS D. B. Lempert, G. B. Manelis, and G. N. Nechiporenko The paper considers a wide set of issues concerning the creation of highenergetic solid composite propellants causing the minimal polluting e¨ecton the environment. Thereby, the level of toxicity of products of di¨er-ent compositions is discussed and propellants with perchlorates oxidizersare compared with propellants with halogen free oxidizers (mainly, am-monium dinitramide, HMX, CL-20). The main methods for creatingcompositions having a required performance and the highest energeticcharacteristics are also under discussion. The dependences of the spe-ci¦c impulse on the mode of formulation arrangement and on the com-pounds£ properties (i.e., formation enthalpy, density, element content)are demonstrated. The main principles for the maximal use of ener-getic potential of chemical substances are under consideration. Theseare the proper selection of the binder type which would be optimal forthe given mixture of oxidizer with fuel (or energetic) component and theopportunity of using metals and their hydrides (mainly, aluminum hy-dride (AH)). Main obstacles in using di¨erent kinds of compositions, aswell as advantages of speci¦c propellants are under consideration as well.A special attention is paid to the interrelationship between the energeticparameter and other performances (thermal stability, combustion law,sensitivity, and compatibility).

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