21st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)
27th International Congress of Chemotherapy (ICC)

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AMR in Gram-positives

Sunday, May 08, 2011, 12:30 - 13:30

Fusidic acid activity and coverage of Gram-positive pathogens associated with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in the USA (2008-2010)

R. Jones*, D. Farrell, H. Sader, M. Castanheira (North Liberty, US)

Objectives: To determine the susceptibility (S) rates and activity of fusidic acid (FA; CEM-102) tested against Gram-positive pathogens that cause ABSSSI, isolated in the USA during 2008-2010 (16,033 strains) using CLSI reference broth microdilution methods and the EUCAST (<=1 mg/L) S breakpoint concentration.
Methods: Staphylococcus aureus (SA; 12,062 strains, 52% MRSA), coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS; 2,061 strains, 71% methicillin-resistant [R]), and 1,910 beta-haemolytic streptococci (BHS; 684 group A and 933 group B). Totals of 4940, 5006 and 6087 strains were tested in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively from 65 medical centers in 37 states including all nine Census Regions. Organisms were predominantly from bacteremias (61%), ABSSSI (25%) and pneumonia (14%), and tested by the CLSI M07-A8 method. Non-S SA strains were tested by molecular methods to detect R mechanisms and by PFGE to determine possible clonality.
Results: FA was consistently active against SA (MIC90, 0.12 mg/L) across all years (2008-2010) without significant change in the S rate (99.73% at <=1 mg/L). MRSA and methicillin-S SA had the same FA-S rates and MIC50/90 results, but MR-CoNS were slightly less S (90.76%) than MS-CoNS (97.28%) strains. BHS were less inhibited by FA (MIC50/90, 8/16 mg/L), however 99.42% of Group A (S. pyogenes) isolates were inhibited at <=8 mg/L (FA PK trough concentration = 80 mg/L). 21 SA strains had MIC values at 2-8 mg/L with leading R mechanisms detected of fusA (4; M453I, L461S, A471V + P404L), fusB (3) fusC (12) and fusE (2; G78 to Q99 deletion). R-mechanisms were found among all tested strains with FA MIC at 2 mg/L or greater. Clonal occurrences were noted within or between monitored years in 4 hospitals; 3 states (2 in New York).
Conclusions: FA remains highly active against SA (99.73% S) and other ABSSSI pathogens isolated in the USA. CoNS were slightly less S at <=1 mg/L (92.62%) and 99.42% of S. pyogenes were inhibited at <=8 mg/L. FA-R mechanisms were dominantly acquired (71% fusB or C). FA appears to be an excellent, orally-administered (with a novel loading-dose strategy), systemic drug candidate against the relatively na´ve staphylococcal population in the USA.