Population pharmacokinetics and dosing simulations of cefuroxime in critically ill patients: non-standard dosing approaches are required to achieve therapeutic exposures.

Research paper by Mieke M Carlier, Michaël M Noë, Jason A JA Roberts, Veronique V Stove, Alain G AG Verstraete, Jeffrey J Lipman, Jan J JJ De Waele

Indexed on: 12 Jun '14Published on: 12 Jun '14Published in: The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy


To investigate the population pharmacokinetics of cefuroxime in critically ill patients.In this observational pharmacokinetic study, multiple blood samples were taken over one dosing interval of intravenous cefuroxime. Blood samples were analysed using a validated ultra HPLC tandem mass spectrometry technique. Population pharmacokinetic analysis and dosing simulations were performed using non-linear mixed-effects modelling.One hundred and sixty blood samples were collected from 20 patients. CL(CR) ranged between 10 and 304 mL/min. A two-compartment model with between-subject variability on CL, V of the central compartment and V of the peripheral compartment described the data adequately. Twenty-four hour urinary CL(CR) was supported as a descriptor of drug CL. The population model for CL was CL = θ(1) × CL(CR)/100, where θ(1) is the typical cefuroxime CL in the population, which is 9.0 L/h. The mean V was 22.5 L. Dosing simulations showed failure to achieve the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic target of 65% fT(>MIC) for an MIC of 8 mg/L with standard dosing regimens for patients with CL(CR) ≥50 mL/min.Administration of standard doses by intermittent bolus is likely to result in underdosing for many critically ill patients. Continuous infusion of higher than normal doses after a loading dose is more likely to achieve pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic targets. However, even continuous infusion of high doses (up to 9 g per day) does not guarantee adequate levels for all patients with a CL(CR) of ≥300 mL/min if the MIC is 8 mg/L.