Temocillin versus meropenem for the targeted treatment of bacteraemia due to third-generation cephalosporin-resistant <em>Enterobacterales</em> (ASTARTÉ): protocol for a randomised, pragmatic trial

BMJ Open. 2021 Sep 27;11(9):e049481. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049481.

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: Alternatives to carbapenems are needed in the treatment of third-generation cephalosporin-resistant Enterobacterales (3GCR-E). Temocillin is a suitable candidate, but comparative randomised studies are lacking. The objective is to investigate if temocillin is non-inferior to carbapenems in the targeted treatment of bacteraemia due to 3GCR-E.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Multicentre, open-label, randomised, controlled, pragmatic phase 3 trial. Patients with bacteraemia due to 3GCR-E will be randomised to receive intravenously temocillin (2 g three times a day) or carbapenem (meropenem 1 g three times a day or ertapenem 1 g once daily). The primary endpoint will be clinical success 7-10 days after end of treatment with no recurrence or death at day 28. Adverse events will be collected; serum levels of temocillin will be investigated in a subset of patients. For a 10% non-inferiority margin, 334 patients will be included (167 in each study arm). For the primary analysis, the absolute difference with one-sided 95% CI in the proportion of patients reaching the primary endpoint will be compared in the modified intention-to-treat population.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The study started after approval of the Spanish Regulatory Agency and the reference institutional review board. Data will be published in peer-reviewed journals.

TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT04478721.

PMID:34580096 | DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049481