Meropenem-Vaborbactam for adults with complicated urinary tract and other invasive infections.

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Meropenem-Vaborbactam for adults with complicated urinary tract and other invasive infections.

Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2018 Oct 29;:

Authors: Albin OR, Patel TS, Kaye KS

Abstract
INTRODUCTION: Complicated urinary tract infections are increasingly caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) constitute a rising threat among uropathogens with significant morbidity and mortality. Meropenem-vaborbactam is a novel carbapenem and cyclic boronic acid-based beta-lactamase inhibitor combination with potent activity against subtypes of CRE. Areas covered: This article reviews mechanisms of carbapenem resistance, existing treatment options for CRE, and the current evidence to support the use of meropenem-vaborbactam for the treatment of infections caused by subtypes of CRE including complicated urinary tract infections. Expert commentary: Meropenem-vaborbactam is a superior treatment option for infections secondary to Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing CRE. It is associated with higher rates of treatment success and lower rates of toxicity than traditional agents and demonstrates a potentially higher barrier to acquired antimicrobial resistance than ceftazidime-avibactam. At present, meropenem-vaborbactam should be regarded as a preferred treatment option for invasive infections secondary to KPC-producing CRE.

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