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Evaluation of the Non-inferiority of Cefoxitin Versus Imipenem/Cilastatin in the Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections Caused by ESBL-producing Escherichia Coli

2015-06-19 04:38:22 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Background Information: Infections caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli are becoming increasingly common owing to incorrect use of antibiotics and cross-transmission in healthcare establishments. These give rise to major problems in standard clinical practice: penicillins and cephalosporins cannot be used, and resistance to the other classes of antibiotics normally used, such as fluoroquinolones or cotrimoxazole, is very frequently observed. The current therapeutic strategy involves the use of a carbapenem, which represents the last effective solution on an individual level. However, the growing use thereof is contributing, collectively, to the development of resistance due to the production of carbapenemases, which will become a major public health problem, with a potential therapeutic dead-end. This observation is particularly worrying due to the very small number of antibiotic agents currently in development.

Infectious disease specialists and microbiologists are thus examining alternative agents to carbapenems in the management of infections caused by ESBL-producing E. coli. One of the avenues which could be developed is the use of known agents, already on the market, which are active in vitro on ESBL-producing E. coli, but which are not currently recommended for this indication in standard practice due to the lack of conclusive studies. Cefoxitin, an antibiotic belonging to the cephamycin group, could thus represent an alternative of particular interest in the treatment of infections caused by ESBL-producing E. coli, and help limit the use of carbapenems.

The implementation of a prospective, randomized, non-inferiority study on ertapenem and cefoxitin is of the most interest from a methodological perspective. It will enable recommendations to be drawn up, with a high level of evidence, very long-awaited in the field.

Primary objective: To evaluate the bacteriological non-inferiority of cefoxitin versus imipenem in the treatment of non-severe urinary tract infections (other than cystitis) caused by ESBL-producing E. coli susceptible in vitro to cefoxitin.

Secondary objectives:

- To evaluate the clinical non-inferiority of cefoxitin versus imipenem in the treatment of non-severe urinary tract infections (other than cystitis) caused by ESBL-producing E. coli susceptible in vitro to cefoxitin.

- To evaluate the impact of cefoxitin and imipenem on the emergence of multiresistant bacteria in the gut flora.

Description

Rationale:

Commensal enterobacteriaceae of the digestive tract, mostly represented by E.coli, can cause a wide range of infections such as urinary tract infections or severe bacteraemia. For several years now, the misuse of antibiotics and cross-transmission in hospitals have led to the emergence of Enterobacteriaceae producing extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL). The rising prevalence of ESBL is estimated at 8.2% in healthcare settings and at 6.2% in the community.

Carbapenems are considered the reference treatment for ESBL-producing E.coli (EESBL) infections. They often remain the last effective treatment on an individual level. But on a larger scale, their increasing use contributes to the emergence of resistance that might soon become a major public health issue.

Although the prevalence of ESBL remains low, the rate of ESBL epidemics in French hospitals has increased hugely since 2004. This could become a cause of concern especially because very few antibacterial agents are currently in development.

So infectiologists and microbiologists have to consider alternatives to carbapenems to treat infections caused by EESBL, which is stipulated in the new recommendations from the French High Council for Public Health and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Older and well-known molecules that have proved to be effective in-vitro against EESBL may be an option. However due to a lack of conclusive studies, they're still not recommended in these cases. Cefoxitin, a cephamycin antibiotic, may be a good alternative treatment for EESBL infections and contribute to spare the use of carbapenems.

Originality and innovation:

Previous studies of cephamycins have shown encouraging results, but they were mostly cohort trials with retrospective data or subsets of non-randomized studies. So a randomized prospective non-inferiority study comparing ertapenem and cefoxitine is necessary. If the results show non-inferiority of cefoxitine versus ertapenem, immediate clinical application should ensue and lead to new recommendations, highly anticipated by the infectiologists who support this project via their clinical research network.

Project feasibility:

The pace of inclusions has been calculated based on recent data on cefoxitine, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and ciprofloxacin sensitivity EESBL, 68% of EESBL are susceptible to céfoxitine and resistant to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and ciprofloxacin. In 2011, 16 French laboratories, involved in the EARSS network, isolated 582 EESBL strains from blood culture. In the university hospital of Nancy, 205 EESBL strains were isolated from urine cultures in 2012. The challenge of including 250 patients with ESBL E.coli positive urine culture, in 18 months and in about 20 participating French centers, seems highly feasible.

Recent data showed that 68% of EESBL are susceptible to céfoxitine and resistant to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and ciprofloxacin. In the university hospital of Nancy, 205 EESBL strains were isolated from urine cultures in 2012. The challenge of including 250 patients with ESBL E.coli positive urine culture, in 18 months and in about 20 participating French centers, seems highly feasible.

Expected benefits for patients and/or public health Immediate benefits are expected, on an individual level and on a wider scale. Indeed for the patient, the use of narrow-specturm antibiotics, but with an equivalent efficacy, decreases the risk of selecting even more highly resistant bacteria than EESBL in the digestive tract, such as carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE). A patient colonized with CPE is at high risk of developing a CPE infection and the rates of recovery are low because of the small number of antibiotics that remain effective.

At the community level, the main challenge is the preservation of carbapenems (one of the last families of antibiotics still effective in the treatment of ESBL infections), and the restriction of its usage to the treatment of severe infections only. The increasing use of carbapenems generates a high selection pressure on enterobacteriaceae which results in a worrying increase of the prevalence of CPE. Moreover, the few remaining effective antimicrobials induce high rates of side effects. The assessment of the non-inferiority of older, well-known and active molecules such as cefoxitin is a highly anticipated and encouraging research area, especially because the molecules currently under development are far from being on the market.

Title: Non-inferiority study of cefoxitin versus imipenem as treatment for non-severe urinal tract infections (excluding cystitis) caused by extended spectrum beta-lactamases producing E.Coli susceptible to cefoxitin in-vitro

Primary objective: to show the bacteriological non-inferiority of cefoxitin versus imipenem as a treatment for non-severe urinary tract infections (excluding cystitis) caused by extended spectrum beta-lactamases producing E.Coli susceptible to cefoxitin in-vitro

Secondary objectives:

- to show the clinical non-inferiority of cefoxitin versus imipenem as a treatment for non-severe urinary tract infections (excluding cystitis) caused by extended spectrum beta-lactamases producing E.Coli susceptible to cefoxitin in-vitro

- to evaluate the impact of cefoxitin and imipenem on the emergence on multiresistant bacteria in the digestive flora

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Urinary Tract Infections

Intervention

Cefoxitin, imipenem

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Central Hospital, Nancy, France

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2015-06-19T04:38:22-0400

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