Ceftobiprole for Treatment of Complicated Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia

Thomas L. Holland, Sara E. Cosgrove, Sarah B. Doernberg, Timothy C. Jenkins, Nicholas A. Turner, Helen W. Boucher, Oleksander Pavlov, Ivan Titov, Serhii Kosulnykov, Boyko Atanasov, Ivan Poromanski, Manana Makhviladze, Anastasia Anderzhanova, Martin E. Stryjewski, Maziar Assadi Gehr, Marc Engelhardt, Kamal Hamed, Daniel Ionescu, Mark Jones, Mikael SaulayJennifer Smart, Harald Seifert, Vance G. Fowler

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Background Ceftobiprole is a cephalosporin that may be effective for treating complicated Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus. Methods In this phase 3, double-blind, double-dummy, noninferiority trial, adults with complicated S. aureus bacteremia were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to receive ceftobiprole at a dose of 500 mg intravenously every 6 hours for 8 days and every 8 hours thereafter, or daptomycin at a dose of 6 to 10 mg per kilogram of body weight intravenously every 24 hours plus optional aztreonam (at the discretion of the trial-site investigators). The primary outcome, overall treatment success 70 days after randomization (defined as survival, bacteremia clearance, symptom improvement, no new S. aureus bacteremia-related complications, and no receipt of other potentially effective antibiotics), with a noninferiority margin of 15%, was adjudicated by a data review committee whose members were unaware of the trial-group assignments. Safety was also assessed. Results Of 390 patients who underwent randomization, 387 (189 in the ceftobiprole group and 198 in the daptomycin group) had confirmed S. aureus bacteremia and received ceftobiprole or daptomycin (modified intention-to-treat population). A total of 132 of 189 patients (69.8%) in the ceftobiprole group and 136 of 198 patients (68.7%) in the daptomycin group had overall treatment success (adjusted difference, 2.0 percentage points; 95% confidence interval [CI],-7.1 to 11.1). Findings appeared to be consistent between the ceftobiprole and daptomycin groups in key subgroups and with respect to secondary outcomes, including mortality (9.0% and 9.1%, respectively; 95% CI,-6.2 to 5.2) and the percentage of patients with microbiologic eradication (82.0% and 77.3%; 95% CI,-2.9 to 13.0). Adverse events were reported in 121 of 191 patients (63.4%) who received ceftobiprole and 117 of 198 patients (59.1%) who received daptomycin; serious adverse events were reported in 36 patients (18.8%) and 45 patients (22.7%), respectively. Gastrointestinal adverse events (primarily mild nausea) were more frequent with ceftobiprole. Conclusions Ceftobiprole was noninferior to daptomycin with respect to overall treatment success in patients with complicated S. aureus bacteremia. (Funded by Basilea Pharmaceutica International and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; ERADICATE ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT03138733.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1390-1401
Number of pages12
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number15
StatePublished - 2023


  • Bacterial Infections
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease General

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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