Pharmacodynamics of Ceftolozane plus Tazobactam Studied in an In Vitro Pharmacokinetic Model of Infection

Alasdair P MacGowan, Alan R Noel, Sharon G Tomaselli, Donna Nicholls, Karen E Bowker
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2016, 60 (1): 515-21
Ceftolozane plus tazobactam is an antipseudomonal cephalosporin combined with tazobactam, an established beta-lactamase inhibitor, and has in vitro potency against a range of clinically important β-lactamase-producing bacteria, including most extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (ESBL)-positive Enterobacteriaceae. The pharmacodynamics of β-lactam-β-lactamase inhibitor combinations presents a number of theoretical and practical challenges, including modeling different half-lives of the compounds. In this study, we studied the pharmacodynamics of ceftolozane plus tazobactam against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa using an in vitro pharmacokinetic model of infection. Five strains of E. coli, including three clinical strains plus two CTX-M-15 (one high and one moderate) producers, and five strains of P. aeruginosa, including two with OprD overexpression and AmpC β-lactamases, were employed. Ceftolozane MICs (E. coli, 0.12 to 0.25 mg/liter, and P. aeruginosa, 0.38 to 8 mg/liter) were determined in the presence of 4 mg/liter tazobactam. Dose ranging of ceftolozane (percentage of time in which the free-drug concentration exceeds the MIC [fT>MIC], 0 to 100%) plus tazobactam (human pharmacokinetics) was simulated every 8 hours, with half-lives (t1/2) of 2.5 and 1 h, respectively. Ceftolozane and tazobactam concentrations were confirmed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The ceftolozane-plus-tazobactam fT>MIC values at 24 h for a static effect and a 1-log and 2-log drop in initial inoculum for E. coli were 27.8% ± 5.6%, 33.0% ± 5.6%, and 39.6% ± 8.5%, respectively. CTX-M-15 production did not affect the 24-h fT>MIC for E. coli strains. The ceftolozane-plus-tazobactam fT>MIC values for a 24-h static effect and a 1-log and 2-log drop for P. aeruginosa were 24.9% ± 3.0%, 26.6% ± 3.9%, and 31.2% ± 3.6%. Despite a wide range of absolute MICs, the killing remained predictable as long as the MICs were normalized to the corresponding fT>MIC. Emergence of resistance on 4× MIC plates and 8× MIC plates occurred maximally at an fT>MIC of 10 to 30% and increased as time of exposure increased. The fT>MIC for a static effect for ceftolozane plus tazobactam is less than that observed with other cephalosporins against E. coli and P. aeruginosa and is more similar to the fT>MIC reported for carbapenems.


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