Prolonged infusion of linezolid is associated with improved pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) profiles in patients with external ventricular drains.

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Prolonged infusion of linezolid is associated with improved pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) profiles in patients with external ventricular drains.

Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2020 Aug 18;:

Authors: Zhao W, Kong L, Wu C, Wu X

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: We previously investigated the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) parameters of routine linezolid infusions (1 h) in patients with external ventricular drains (EVD). The aim of the study was to determine whether extended linezolid infusions (200 mg/h for 3 h) were more efficacious than short linezolid infusions (600 mg/h for 1 h).
METHODS: We collected cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma samples from 10 patients who received linezolid infusions after cerebral hemorrhage surgery with EVDs. Linezolid concentrations were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). A Monte Carlo simulation was used to measure the probability of target attainments (PTA) and the PK/PD indexes at four minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC).
RESULTS: When the same dose (600 mg) was given as an extended infusion (3 h), linezolid reached its maximum concentrations in the plasma and CSF at 3.00 h and 4.40 h, respectively. The mean penetration of linezolid in CSF was 41.31%. Using the parameter of AUC0-24 h/MIC ≥ 100, the plasma PTA provided good coverage at > 90% when MIC was ≤ 1 μg/mL, while the values were 0 in CSF. Using the parameter %T (time) > MIC ≥ 85%, the PTA in both the plasma and CSF provided good coverage when MIC ≤ 2 μg/mL. Compared with routine infusions, prolonged infusion times (3 h) showed increased PTA of linezolid.
CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged infusion times increased the concentration of linezolid in the plasma, leading to improved therapeutic outcomes. However, this improvement did not exist in CSF. Lastly, the PK/PD indicator AUC/MIC ≥ 100 may be used to achieve improved outcomes in patients with critical infections.

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