Efficacy of humanized high-dose meropenem, cefepime, and levofloxacin against Enterobacteriaceae isolates producing Verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamase (VIM) in a murine thigh infection model.

Research paper by Islam M IM Ghazi, Jared L JL Crandon, Emil P EP Lesho, Patrick P McGann, David P DP Nicolau

Indexed on: 30 Sep '15Published on: 30 Sep '15Published in: Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy


We aimed to describe the in vivo activity of humanized pharmacokinetic exposures of meropenem and comparators against Verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) (VIM)-producing Enterobacteriaceae in a murine model. Levofloxacin activity was predicted by its MIC, and cefepime activity displayed variability, whereas meropenem produced a >1 log CFU reduction against all isolates despite high MICs indicative of resistance. Our results suggest that despite in vitro resistance, high-dose meropenem may be a possible option against infections caused by Enterobacteriaceae producing MBL-type carbapenemases.