Safety and effectiveness of meropenem in infants with suspected or complicated intra-abdominal infections

Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, Brenda Poindexter, Margarita Bidegain, Joern Hendrik Weitkamp, Robert L. Schelonka, David A. Randolph, Robert M. Ward, Kelly Wade, Gloria Valencia, David Burchfield, Antonio Arrieta, Varsha Mehta, Michele Walsh, Anand Kantak, Maynard Rasmussen, Janice E. Sullivan, Neil Finer, Wade Rich, Beverly S. Brozanski, John Van Den AnkerJeffrey Blumer, Matthew Laughon, Kevin M. Watt, Gregory L. Kearns, Edmund V. Capparelli, Karen Martz, Katherine Berezny, Daniel K. Benjamin, P. Brian Smith

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Background.Intra-abdominal infections are common in young infants and lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Meropenem is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial with excellent activity against pathogens associated with intra-abdominal infections. The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and effectiveness of meropenem in young infants with suspected or complicated intra-abdominal infections.Methods.Preterm and term infants <91 days of age with suspected or confirmed intra-abdominal infections hospitalized in 24 neonatal intensive care units were studied in an open-label, multiple-dose study. Adverse events and serious adverse events were collected through 3 and 30 days following the last meropenem dose, respectively. Effectiveness was assessed by 3 criteria: death, bacterial cultures, and presumptive clinical cure score.Results.Of 200 subjects enrolled in the study, 99 (50) experienced an adverse event, and 34 (17) had serious adverse events; no adverse events were probably or definitely related to meropenem. The most commonly reported adverse events were sepsis (6), seizures (5), elevated conjugated bilirubin (5), and hypokalemia (5). Only 2 of the serious adverse events were determined to be possibly related to meropenem (isolated ileal perforation and an episode of fungal sepsis). Effectiveness was evaluable in 192 (96) subjects, and overall treatment success was 84.Conclusions.Meropenem was well tolerated in this cohort of critically ill infants, and the majority of infants treated with meropenem met the definition of therapeutic success.Clinical Trials Registration. NCT00621192.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1495-1502
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


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