A multicenter, double-blind, randomized, comparison study of the efficacy and safety of tigecycline to imipenem/cilastatin to treat complicated intra-abdominal infections in hospitalized subjects in China
Authors Chen Y, Zhu D, Zhang Y, Zhao Y, Chen G, Li P, Xu L, Yan P, Hickman MA, Xu X, Tawadrous M, Wible M
Received 20 April 2018
Accepted for publication 22 September 2018
Published 30 November 2018 Volume 2018:14 Pages 2327—2339
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Review by Single anonymous peer review
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Editor who approved publication: Professor Deyun Wang
Yijian Chen,1,2,* Demei Zhu,1,2,* Yingyuan Zhang,1,2 Yongjie Zhao,3 Gang Chen,4 Ping Li,5 Lihong Xu,6 Ping Yan,6 M Anne Hickman,7 Xiajun Xu,6 Margaret Tawadrous,7 Michele Wible7
1Institute of Antibiotics, Huashan Hospital Fudan University, Shanghai, China; 2Key Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology of Antibiotics, National Health and Family Planning Commission, Shanghai, China; 3Department of General Surgery, Tianjin Union Medical Center, Tianjin, China; 4Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, First People’s Hospital of Kunming, Kunming, China; 5Department of General Surgery, Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, Chengdu, China; 6Pfizer (China) Research & Development Co, Ltd, Shanghai, China; 7Pfizer Inc., Collegeville, PA, USA
*These authors contributed equally to this work
Purpose: To assess the efficacy and safety of tigecycline in treating complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAIs) in hospitalized patients in China.
Patients and methods: A Phase IV, multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, active-controlled, non-inferiority study was conducted. Hospitalized cIAI patients ≥18 years of age were randomized (1:1) to receive intravenous tigecycline (initial dose 100 mg, then 50 mg q12h) or imipenem/cilastatin (500 mg/500 mg or adjusted for renal dysfunction, q6h) for 5–14 days. The primary end point was clinical response for clinically evaluable (CE) subjects at test-of-cure (TOC) assessment.
Results: Four hundred and seventy subjects were randomized; 232 in the tigecycline and 231 in the imipenem/cilastatin group were treated. Tigecycline was non-inferior to imipenem/cilastatin with respect to clinical response at TOC for all CE subjects, ie, the lower bound of the two-sided 95% CI (−12.0%, −1.4%) for the treatment difference in cure rate, tigecycline (89.9%) minus imipenem/cilastatin (96.6%), was >−15%. As non-inferiority was concluded in the CE population, superiority of tigecycline over imipenem/cilastatin and superiority of imipenem/cilastatin over tigecycline were tested on the CE and the modified intent-to-treat (mITT) populations according to pre-specified statistical criteria, and neither could be demonstrated (the cure rate was 82.8% vs 88.7%, difference -6.0% [−12.8%, 0.8%], for the mITT population). The subject-level microbiological response rate at TOC for the microbiologically evaluable population was 88.0% (110/125) vs 95.3% (102/107, difference -7.3% [−15.2%, 0.5%]). Nausea, drug ineffectiveness, postoperative wound infection, vomiting, and pyrexia were the most common adverse events in tigecycline-treated subjects; pyrexia, nausea, vomiting, and increased alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase levels were most common in imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects; none were unanticipated.
Conclusion: Tigecycline was non-inferior to imipenem/cilastatin in treating hospitalized adult patients with cIAI. Superiority of tigecycline over imipenem/cilastatin or imipenem/cilastatin over tigecycline could not be demonstrated. Safety was consistent with the known profile for tigecycline.
ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01721408.
Keywords: tigecycline, imipenem/cilastatin, complicated intra-abdominal infections, non-inferiority
Complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAIs) are common health problems including a wide range of pathological conditions from appendicitis to peritonitis with a mortality rate of 10.5%.1,2 Aerobic and anaerobic bacteria are often found concurrently in cIAI.3,4 In southern China, the causes of cIAI include Escherichia coli (47.6%), Klebsiella pneumoniae (16.9%), Enterococcus faecalis (10.4%), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (8.8%).5 The highest levels of antimicrobial resistance among Gram-negative bacilli causing IAIs have been found in Asia-Pacific countries where resistance is increasing.6–9 Growing antimicrobial resistance has led to increased difficulty in treating cIAI.
Tigecycline is a glycylcycline antibiotic that inhibits the growth of many resistant Gram-negative aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, as well as Gram-positive bacteria (including vancomycin-resistant Enterococci and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).10 Tigecycline has demonstrated efficacy in treating patients with cIAIs and was non-inferior to comparators in randomized, multicenter, double-blind, or open-label Phase III and Phase IV comparative trials.11–13 In Chinese patients with cIAI, tigecycline monotherapy was also effective and demonstrated a consistent safety profile.14
Tigecycline was approved for the indication of cIAI by the China Food and Drug Administration in 2010.15 A post-approval study to observe the efficacy and safety of tigecycline as a viable new therapy for cIAIs in a larger population would provide valuable information, hence the current study. Considering that imipenem/cilastatin is a highly effective monotherapeutic agent with a wide spectrum of activity that is approved for the treatment of IAIs in China, it was chosen as the comparative agent. This post-approval, randomized, double-blinded, active-controlled, non-inferiority study (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01721408) evaluated the efficacy of tigecycline compared with imipenem/cilastatin in treating a larger population of hospitalized subjects with cIAI in China. In addition, this study gathered in vitro susceptibility data on tigecycline for a range of bacteria causing cIAI, compared microbiological efficacy between treatment groups, and determined the safety of tigecycline compared with the imipenem/cilastatin in this patient population.
Patients and methods
The study was conducted at 47 investigational centers in China between November 2012 and October 2015 and was approved by each study center’s Independent Ethics Committee and was conducted in compliance with the Declaration of Helsinki and International Conference on Harmonization Good Clinical Practice Guidelines. All local regulatory requirements were followed. A signed and dated informed consent was obtained before screening.
This was a Phase IV, multicenter, randomized, double-blind (ie, subject-, investigator-, and sponsor-blinded) study. Patients ≥18 years of age who met the entry criteria for cIAI were randomized (the participating study center contacted the interactive response technology [eg, interactive voice response or interactive web response] provider to randomize the eligible subject into the study) in a 1:1 ratio to receive intravenous (IV) tigecycline or IV imipenem/cilastatin. The randomization was stratified by Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score (≤15 vs >15). The treatment duration was 5–14 days, and the test-of-cure (TOC) assessment was performed between 14 and 21 days after the last day of therapy (end of treatment, [EOT]). The primary end point was clinical response within the clinically evaluable (CE) population at TOC. Use of systemic antibacterial agents to which the causative pathogen of intra-abdominal infection was susceptible, intra-abdominal topical use of antibacterial agents, and transition to oral antibiotic therapy were not permitted. Other anti-infective drugs such as antifungal agents, acyclovir, oral vancomycin (for treatment of Clostridium difficile), and ophthalmic aminoglycosides were permitted, as required.
Unblinded safety data were summarized and reviewed by an external Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) on a periodic basis. The sponsor designated a biostatistician not affiliated with the project to prepare unblinded safety data for periodic DMC review. The DMC was empowered to recommend modifications to the protocol to enhance subject safety or early termination if there was a significant safety hazard. DMC recommendations were forwarded to the sponsor for final decision.
Inclusion and exclusion criteria
Subjects must meet all of the following inclusion criteria to be eligible for enrollment into the study. The inclusion criteria included: 1) hospitalized male or female subjects ≥18 years of age; 2) laparotomy, laparoscopy, or percutaneous drainage of an intra-abdominal abscess within 24 hours of enrollment; 3) for subjects enrolled preoperatively, study drugs were given with strong suspicion or confirmed diagnosis of IAI with baseline intra-abdominal culture taken from the infected site; 4) cIAI duration <2 weeks; 5) confirmation of minimal clinical criteria when IAI was diagnosed or highly suspected; and 6) agreement to use a highly effective contraceptive for females of childbearing potential.
Patients were excluded if they met any of the following criteria: 1) had any concomitant condition that could affect the study treatment and evaluation; 2) had leukemia or systemic malignancy requiring therapy within 3 months before study entry, or any metastatic malignancy to the abdomen with life expectancy <6 months; 3) had an anticipated length of antibiotic therapy <5 days or were unlikely to complete the course of treatment; 4) received concomitant treatment with ganciclovir; 5) had hepatic/renal/bone marrow function failure; 6) had IAI caused by organism(s) not susceptible to study drugs; 7) received >24 hours of non-study systemic antibiotics within 72 hours before enrollment without treatment failure noted; or 8) had infection requiring systemic antimicrobial therapy at a site other than abdomen.
For additional details, see Table S1.
Tigecycline was administered with an initial IV dose of 100 mg followed by 50 mg twice a day, approximately every 12 hours. For blinding purposes, placebo (normal saline 100 mL IV) was administered every 12 hours beginning 6 hours after the initial IV dose of tigecycline. Patients in the imipenem/cilastatin group received treatment approximately every 6 hours intravenously. For patients with creatinine clearance (ClCR) ≥71 mL/min/1.73 m2, imipenem/cilastatin 500 mg/500 mg was given; for those with estimated ClCR <71 mL/min/1.73 m2, the dosage was adjusted according to the patient’s baseline weight and estimated clearance. From EOT to TOC, any non-study antibacterial treatments were prohibited.
Clinical response was classified as: cure, failure, or indeterminate. Microbiological response was evaluated at the subject level and pathogen level as eradication, persistence, indeterminate, or superinfection (subject level only) (Table 1).
Table 1 Definitions of clinical response and microbiological response
Patients were evaluated daily during the treatment period and at the TOC visit. Clinical response to therapy was recorded on Day 3, at EOT, and at TOC assessment. The primary efficacy end point was clinical response in the CE population at the TOC assessment. The secondary end points were clinical response at TOC and microbiological response at the subject level at TOC in the microbiologically evaluable (ME) population. Additional efficacy end points included: clinical response and microbiological response at the subject level at the EOT assessment and by monomicrobial and polymicrobial infections (ie, infected by 2, 3, or ≥4 pathogens) at both the TOC and EOT assessments, clinical response by baseline isolate, microbiological response at the pathogen level, clinical response and microbiologic response by minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) value for each baseline isolate, susceptibility data (MIC50 and MIC90) for each baseline isolate, and development of decreased susceptibility (≥4-fold increase in MIC).
Safety evaluations included adverse events (AEs), vital signs, safety laboratory tests, and physical examinations. Worsened clinical signs and symptoms of the infection were recorded as AEs. Serious AEs (SAEs) included death, life-threatening conditions, hospitalization or prolonged hospitalization, persistent or significant disability/incapacity, or congenital anomaly/birth defect. Lack of efficacy was considered as an SAE and coded as “drug ineffective”.
Two sets of blood cultures were obtained at two different body sites within 24 hours before administrating the first dose of study drug (Day 1).
Bacterial cultures (aerobic and anaerobic) from the IAI site were analyzed at baseline, and, when performed, during and after treatment. Microbiology testing was performed by a local laboratory at each study center and retested by a central laboratory (Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, China). The established breakpoints for tigecycline were used.16
Determination of sample size
Assuming that tigecycline and imipenem/cilastatin were equally effective, with favorable clinical response rates (ie, cure rates) of 75% at the TOC assessment, 175 subjects per treatment group were required to ensure 90% probability that the lower limit of a two-sided 95% CI (based on the normal approximation) for the true difference (tigecycline minus imipenem/cilastatin) in cure rate was greater than −15%. Assuming a clinical evaluability rate ≥75%, ~470 subjects were required to be enrolled to obtain 350 CE subjects.
Analysis populations and analysis sets
The modified intent-to-treat (mITT) population included all randomized subjects (ie, the ITT population) who received ≥1 dose of study drug. The CE population comprised all mITT subjects who had clinical evidence of a cIAI, as defined in the inclusion criteria, completed the TOC assessment with a response of cure or failure, and had no major protocol violations that would have an impact on the efficacy evaluation. The ME population included all CE subjects who had ≥1 baseline isolate from the IAI site that was susceptible to both study drugs and a microbiological response of eradication, persistence, or superinfection. The clinical modified intent-to-treat (c-mITT) population included all mITT subjects who had clinical evidence of a cIAI as defined in the inclusion criteria. The microbiological modified intent-to-treat (m-mITT) population included all c-mITT subjects who had one or more baseline isolates. The safety analysis set included all subjects who received ≥1 dose of study drug.
Two-step comparison of the cure rate between treatment groups was conducted for the primary end point. Step 1 tested the primary hypothesis test of non-inferiority of tigecycline to imipenem/cilastatin. Non-inferiority was concluded if the lower limit of the two-sided 95% CI (corrected for continuity with normal distribution approximation)17 of treatment difference in cure rate for the CE population was >−15%. With non-inferiority concluded, the superiority of tigecycline to imipenem/cilastatin was tested for the CE and mITT populations. Superiority was concluded if the lower limit of the two-sided 95% CI was >0 for both CE and mITT populations. The 95% CIs for within-treatment group response rates were calculated using Clopper and Pearson’s method;18 for the one-sided and two-sided tests, P-values were at the significance level of 0.025 and 0.05, respectively.
The secondary end points were analyzed similarly. Additional analyses for the clinical response based on the mITT, c-mITT, and m-mITT populations were also conducted. Clinical and microbiological responses by species or types of baseline isolates at both the TOC assessment and at the EOT were summarized for ME and m-mITT subjects. The 95% CIs of the within-group response rates were constructed using the method of Clopper and Pearson.18 Subgroup analyses were conducted, including: 1) clinical responses at the TOC assessment for the ME and m-mITT populations by bacteremia status, 2) clinical responses at the TOC assessment for the CE and c-mITT populations by primary clinical diagnosis, and 3) clinical and microbiological responses at the TOC and EOT assessments for the ME and m-mITT populations by infection type. The 95% CIs for between-group comparison were calculated based on the Wilson score method corrected for continuity.19–21
The demographic parameters and baseline characteristics were summarized. All safety summaries utilized the safety analysis set.
Of 470 subjects randomized, 235 were randomized to each group (Figure 1). The primary efficacy population (ie, CE population) included 89.2% subjects in the tigecycline and 88.7% subjects in the imipenem/cilastatin group. Sixty subjects withdrew from the study; the most common reason was “insufficient clinical response” (6.5%) for tigecycline and “no longer willing to participate in study” (4.3%) for imipenem/cilastatin group (Figure 1).
The demographic characteristics were similar for the mITT (data not shown) and the CE population (Table 2). The most common (~70% in each group) primary diagnosis was complicated appendicitis, and peritonitis due to perforation of small intestine was the second most common (~10% in each group). Other common primary diagnoses included perforated stomach, complicated cholecystitis, and peritonitis due to perforation of large intestine (Table 2).
All treated subjects received 80%–120% (except one tigecycline-treated subject who received 75%) of the planned number of doses.
Primary end point: clinical response at the TOC assessment
Among CE subjects, the cure rate was 89.9% (186/207) for tigecycline- vs 96.6% (198/205) for imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects, and the difference in cure rate (tigecycline minus imipenem/cilastatin) was −6.7% (95% CI: −12.0%, −1.4%). Since the lower bound of the two-sided 95% CI was >−15%, tigecycline was non-inferior to imipenem/cilastatin with respect to clinical response at the TOC assessment (Table 3). In the mITT population, the difference in cure rate between treatment groups was −6.0% (−12.8%, 0.8%) (Table 3). Superiority of tigecycline over imipenem/cilastatin could not be demonstrated, as the lower bound of the two-sided 95% CI was <0 for the CE and the mITT population. Superiority of imipenem/cilastatin over tigecycline was not demonstrated, since the upper bound of the two-sided 95% CI was <0 for the CE and >0 for the mITT population.
Secondary end points
For the ME population, the cure rate was 88.0% (110/125) for tigecycline- vs 95.3% (102/107) for imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects (difference −7.3% [−15.2%, 0.5%]), indicating that tigecycline did not meet the statistical criterion of non-inferiority to imipenem/cilastatin for the clinical response at TOC (Table 3). As cIAI is an invasive procedure and follow-up cultures at the site of infection are often not obtained, microbiological responses were most often presumed from clinical response. Therefore, the same results were observed for subject-level microbiological responses at TOC in the ME population.
Results at EOT were generally consistent with those at TOC. With respect to clinical response at EOT for the CE and ME populations and subject-level microbiological response at EOT for the ME subjects, tigecycline was non-inferior to imipenem/cilastatin (data not shown).
In the ME population, 84 (67.2%) tigecycline-treated and 81 (75.7%) imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects had monomicrobial infection; the eradication rate was 90.5% for tigecycline-treated and 93.8% for imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects at TOC (difference −3.4% [−13.0%, 6.3%]). For those with polymicrobial infections, the eradication rate was 82.9% for tigecycline-treated and 100.0% for imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects (difference −17.1% [−32.6%, 1.5%]) (Table 4). For subjects infected by two pathogens, 30/36 tigecycline-treated subjects and 22/22 imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects were cured. Nine subjects (five tigecycline-treated and four imipenem/cilastatin-treated) were infected by three pathogens, and all were cured except one tigecycline-treated subject who was infected by Acinetobacter baumannii, Enterococcus avium, and Hafnia alvei (data not shown).
On a per-pathogen basis in the ME population, most pathogens (90.6% for the tigecycline group and 96.3% for the imipenem/cilastatin group) were eradicated at the TOC assessment. The most commonly identified pathogen in the ME population was E. coli, for which the eradication rate was 92.1% for tigecycline and 96.4% for imipenem/cilastatin groups. The second most common bacterial species was Klebsiella spp., for which 13 of 16 (81.3%) isolates in the tigecycline group and 11 of 13 (84.6%) isolates in the imipenem/cilastatin group were eradicated (Table 5).
Bacterial susceptibilities (tested by MIC) to tigecycline appeared to be consistent with clinical and microbiological responses. No subjects were identified with isolates that had decreased susceptibility (≥4-fold increase in MIC from baseline) to tigecycline or imipenem/cilastatin during the study. The MIC50 and MIC90 values of tigecycline and imipenem against baseline isolates (≥5 subjects in either group) in the ME population are presented in Table S2.
Further, clinical response was assessed in the ME population by baseline presence/absence of bacteremia and in the CE population by primary diagnosis. For those without bacteremia, the cure rate in tigecycline-treated vs imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects was 86.4% (95/110) vs 95.8% (91/95) (difference −9.4% [−18.1%, −0.6%]); for subjects with bacteremia, the cure rate was 100% (15/15) vs 91.7% (11/12) (difference 8.3% [−18.2%, 40.2%]). The majority of subjects in the CE population (145 tigecycline-treated and 139 imipenem/cilastatin-treated) were diagnosed with complicated appendicitis, among whom the clinical response in the tigecycline group was 135/145 (93.1%) and 138/139 (99.3%) in the imipenem/cilastatin group (difference −6.2% [−12.0%, −1.1%]) (data not shown).
The DMC reviewed the SAEs report approximately every half year and safety results in two additional safety data review meetings and recommended “continue the trial as designed”. The safety analysis set included 463 subjects who received ≥1 dose of tigecycline or imipenem/cilastatin (Figure 1). The mean treatment duration was 7.5 and 7.6 days for tigecycline- and imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects, respectively.
AEs and SAEs
The incidence of all-causality and treatment-related AEs was higher in tigecycline-treated (56.5% and 22.8%) than in imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects (46.8% and 12.6%) (Table 6). Excluding AEs coded as “drug ineffective”, the incidence of all-causality and treatment-related AEs was 54.3% and 18.5% with tigecycline vs 45.9% and 11.7% with imipenem/cilastatin, respectively.
The most frequent all-causality AEs in tigecycline-treated subjects were nausea, drug ineffective, postoperative wound infection, vomiting, and pyrexia; the most frequent treatment-related AE was drug ineffective. None were unanticipated (Table 7).
The incidences of all-causality and treatment-related SAEs were both higher in tigecycline-treated than imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects (Table 6). The most frequent all-causality SAEs were drug ineffective (tigecycline: 21 [9.1%]; imipenem/cilastatin: 9 [3.9%]) and postoperative wound infection (7 [3.0%] and 2 [0.9%], respectively). Drug ineffective was also the most frequent treatment-related SAE (18 [7.8%] and 6 [2.6%], respectively). Excluding AEs coded as “drug ineffective”, the incidences of all-causality and treatment-related SAEs were 6.9% and 1.3% with tigecycline vs 2.6% and 0.4% with imipenem/cilastatin, respectively.
The majority of AEs were mild in severity (tigecycline: 214/296, imipenem/cilastatin: 208/253). In tigecycline-treated subjects, 29 AEs were considered to be severe, including drug ineffective; lung infection; postoperative wound infection; atrial fibrillation; dyspnea; increased gamma-glutamyltransferase, alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate aminotransferase levels; abdominal infection; vomiting; sudden death; and hepatic failure. In imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects, nine AEs were considered severe including drug ineffective, abdominal pain, pyrexia, postoperative wound infection, and increased amylase level. Table S3 lists AEs of special interest.
Discontinuations from study treatment (permanent or temporary) due to treatment-related AEs (excluding drug ineffective) were low overall (<1%) and similar in both treatment groups (data not shown).
Seven deaths were reported (four in the tigecycline group and three in the imipenem/cilastatin group). One subject died during the study within 1 day of the last treatment with tigecycline; this was a sudden death and not considered related to tigecycline. One subject died 38 days after the last tigecycline treatment, for whom two SAEs (drug ineffective and lung infection, both considered possibly related to tigecycline) with an outcome of death were reported. For the remaining deaths, one subject was randomized to the imipenem/cilastatin group but received no treatment, two were in the tigecycline group (died on Days 94 and 183), and two were in the imipenem/cilastatin group (died on Days 71 and 106).
Laboratory test abnormalities
Regardless of baseline values, 209/230 (91%) tigecycline-treated and 214/224 (96%) imipenem/cilastatin-treated subjects had ≥1 abnormal laboratory test result while on therapy or from EOT to TOC; the incidences of common (in ≥10% of subjects in either group) hematology and chemistry abnormalities are shown in Table S4.
This Phase IV, multicenter, randomized, double-blind study has demonstrated that tigecycline is efficacious and generally well-tolerated in the treatment of hospitalized Chinese adult patients with cIAI. According to pre-specified statistical criteria, tigecycline was non-inferior to imipenem/cilastatin with respect to clinical response at the TOC assessment for all CE subjects and all c-mITT/mITT subjects; superiority of tigecycline over imipenem/cilastatin or superiority of imipenem/cilastatin over tigecycline could not be demonstrated.
The cure rates in this study were consistent with other tigecycline cIAI trials,11,13,14,22 in particular a Phase III, multicenter, open-label study carried out in China between 2005 and 2006, in which clinical cure rates for tigecycline and imipenem/cilastatin at the TOC visit were 87.0% and 95.4%, respectively, for the CE population.14 In the current study, the cure rate for tigecycline ranged from 82.8% to 89.9% for mITT, ME, and CE populations at TOC, indicating that tigecycline remained efficacious in treating cIAI in hospitalized patients in China.
The current study population included cIAI patients with monomicrobial or polymicrobial infections. Subgroup analysis showed that clinical response rates for tigecycline were generally similar to those for imipenem/cilastatin in subjects with monomicrobial infection and numerically lower in subjects with polymicrobial infection. However, the number of subjects assessed for polymicrobial infections was small, and there were no trends related to any single pathogen to explain this latter difference. Of note, the cure rate of tigecycline was lower for subjects with polymicrobial vs monomicrobial infection, a previously reported observation.11,14,23
Primary diagnosis categories for subjects in the current study included complicated appendicitis (70%), peritonitis, peritonitis due to perforation of small or large intestine, diverticulitis, cholecystitis, intra-abdominal abscess, liver abscess, and perforated stomach. Efficacy of tigecycline was demonstrated across these diagnoses. In addition, as compared with imipenem/cilastatin, the clinical response rates for tigecycline were numerically higher in subjects with bacteremia, but the number of subjects with bacteremia was small.
In the ME population, tigecycline did not meet the statistical criterion of non-inferiority to imipenem/cilastatin for the clinical response at the TOC assessment or microbiological response at the subject level at the TOC assessment. However, the majority of the pathogens were eradicated for both treatment groups in the ME population. Bacterial susceptibilities to tigecycline appeared to be consistent with clinical responses and microbiological responses. No decreased susceptibility (≥4-fold increase in MIC from baseline) to tigecycline or imipenem/cilastatin was identified. In this study, E. coli was the most commonly identified pathogen and remained sensitive to tigecycline and imipenem. Considering that multidrug resistant E. coli is prevalent in the Asia-Pacific region (13.7% before 2010) and lately tigecycline-resistant E. coli isolates have been identified globally,24 the possibility of tigecycline-resistant E. coli emergence cannot be ruled out. Therefore, bacterial resistance to tigecycline should be monitored closely.
During the course of this study, no unanticipated AEs were reported. The higher occurrence of nausea and vomiting in the tigecycline group vs the imipenem/cilastatin group was consistent with the known safety profile of tigecycline.11,14,22 Incidence of treatment-related SAEs, excluding drug ineffective (considered an SAE in this study), was low and similar between the two groups (three subjects in the tigecycline and one subject in the imipenem/cilastatin group). Four deaths in the tigecycline group and three deaths in the imipenem/cilastatin group were reported in this study. Although all-cause mortality was noted to be higher in patients treated with tigecycline than comparators in a meta-analysis of clinical trials,10,15 further analyses have suggested that in cIAI trials tigecycline is not a significant factor for death.25
The revised Surgical Infection Society’s guidelines for managing IAI recommend tigecycline for pathogen-directed use for resistant Gram-negative bacteria other than Pseudomonas spp. in adult patients.26 The study was sufficiently powered to conduct formal statistical analysis for non-inferiority of the CE population (as the primary efficacy population), but not the ME population, which may explain why the statistical criterion of non-inferiority to imipenem/cilastatin for the clinical response at the TOC assessment for the ME population was not met.
In summary, tigecycline was non-inferior to imipenem/cilastatin in treating hospitalized adult patients with cIAI in China; superiority of tigecycline over imipenem/cilastatin or superiority of imipenem/cilastatin over tigecycline could not be concluded. In addition, bacterial susceptibilities to tigecycline were consistent with clinical responses and microbiological responses. Further, the observed safety in this study was consistent with the known profile for tigecycline with no unanticipated safety findings.
The study results were submitted to ClinicalTrial.gov and are currently under review at the time of manuscript submission. Editorial support was provided by Shuang Li, PhD, at Engage Scientific (Horsham, UK) and was funded by Pfizer.
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Yongjie Zhao, Gang Chen, Ping Li, Jian Lei, Jiye Zhu, Dianrong Xiu, Chungen Xing, Yingyuan Zhang, Jufang Wu, Yijian Chen, Feizhou Huang, Lu Liang, Weilin Wang, Shuanghai Liu, Yongkuan Cao, Tianzheng Lou, Tienan Bi, Xiaoping Chen, Kailun Zhou, Weixing Shen, Hong Zhao, Zheng Zhou, Yongqiang Zhan, Mingyu Hu, Mingzhi Cai, Wei Li, Shoubai Li, Zhiqiang Hu, Qing Ni, Yamin Guo, Yuming Li, Guanbao Zhu, Yunlong Pan, Qian Chen, Xudong Wang, Tong Liu, Yuhong Wang, Guoyang Wu, Li Yu, Yuanzhou Shan, Taiping Zhang, Yong Yang, Naiqiang Cui, Nengwei Zhang, Lianchen Wang, Zhiming Wang, Zhaohui Du, Guangyi Wang, Bo Peng, Zhiwei Quan, Zhiyong Wu, Wenhui Lou, Lunan Yan, Qi Zheng, Xiaochun Ma, Jianwei Bi, Junmin Wei, Xiaohong Yu, Jixiang Wu and Zhongqing Chen. For detailed information of the study centers, see Table S5.
Yijian Chen, Yingyuan Zhang, Yongjie Zhao, Gang Chen, and Ping Li were study investigators and participated in study design, patient recruitment, acquisition of data, and/or analysis and interpretation of the findings. Demei Zhu was responsible for microbiological determination, study results analysis, and data interpretation. Ping Yan, M Anne Hickman, Margaret Tawadrous, and Michele Wible are employees of Pfizer; Lihong Xu and Xiajun Xu were employees of Pfizer; they participated in study design, analysis of data, and/or interpretation of the findings. Ping Yan and Michele Wible also provided statistical support. All authors contributed to data analysis, drafting and revising the article, gave final approval of the version to be published, and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.
No author received an honorarium related to the development of this manuscript. Yijian Chen, Demei Zhu, Yingyuan Zhang, Yongjie Zhao, Gang Chen, and Ping Li have nothing else to disclose. Lihong Xu and Xiajun Xu were employees of Pfizer. Ping Yan, M. Anne Hickman, Margaret Tawadrous, and Michele Wible are employees of Pfizer and may own company stock.
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