Low cefpirome levels during twice daily dosing in critically ill septic patients: pharmacokinetic modelling calls for more frequent dosing
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Objectives: To measure plasma levels and pharmacokinetics of cefpirome in critically ill septic patients with normal renal function. To use the pharmacokinetic model to simulate alternate dosing regimens and identify those that predict sustained levels. Design and setting: A prospective, open-label, descriptive study in a 22-bed, multidisciplinary, adult ICU in a university-affiliated, tertiary referral hospital. Patients: Twelve adults with normal renal function on enrolment and with suspected or documented sepsis in whom cefpirome was judged to be the appropriate therapy by the managing clinician. Interventions: Cefpirome 2 g was infused intravenously over 3 min every 12 h. Timed blood samples were taken prior to and during two dosing intervals. Urine was collected for creatinine clearance determination. Measurements and results: Two patients were non-evaluable due to renal dysfunction post-enrolment. The median cefpirome trough level was 1.1 mg/l (range 0.5–8.1 mg/l) after the initial dose and 1.4 mg/l (range <0.5–15.9 mg/l) at 'steady state'. The volumes of distribution and elimination half-lives were greater and more variable than in healthy volunteers. Pharmacokinetic simulation predicted that more frequent bolus dosing, increased doses and continuous infusions would result in concentrations greater than 4 mg/l for over 60% of the dosing interval for all patients. Conclusions: Cefpirome 2 g twice daily produced low plasma troughs in a number of patients. Our data suggest that this drug regimen may be inadequate for successful treatment of difficult-to-treat infections in critically ill patients with normal renal function.
Intensive Care Medicine