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Cefditoren: Comparative efficacy with other antimicrobials and risk factors for resistance in clinical isolates causing UTIs in outpatients

  • Despina Hatzaki1,
  • Garyphallia Poulakou2Email author,
  • Ioannis Katsarolis2,
  • Niki Lambri2,
  • Maria Souli2,
  • Ioannis Deliolanis3,
  • Georgios K Nikolopoulos4,
  • Evangelia Lebessi1 and
  • Helen Giamarellou2, 5
BMC Infectious Diseases201212:228

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2334-12-228

Received: 10 March 2012

Accepted: 6 September 2012

Published: 25 September 2012

Abstract

Background

To investigate a possible role of Cefditoren, a recently marketed in Greece third-generation oral cephalosporin in urinary infections of outpatients.

Methods

During a multicenter survey of Enterobacteriaceae causing UTIs in outpatients during 2005–2007, Cefditoren MICs were determined by agar dilution method in a randomly selected sample of uropathogens. Susceptibility against 18 other oral/parenteral antimicrobials was determined according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute methodology.

Results

A total of 563 isolates (330 Escherichia coli, 142 Proteus mirabilis and 91 Klebsiella spp) was studied; MIC50/MIC90 of Cefditoren was 0.25/0.5 mg/L respectively, with 97.1% of the isolates being inhibited at 1 mg/L. All 12 strains producing ESBLs or AmpC enzymes were resistant to cefditoren. Susceptibility rates (%) for amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, cefuroxime axetil, cefotaxime, ciprofloxacin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and fosfomycin were 93.1- 94.1- 96.8-93.1-71.9 and 92.8% respectively. Cefditoren MIC was significantly higher in nalidixic/ciprofloxacin non-susceptible strains; resistance to cefditoren was not associated with resistance to mecillinam, fosfomycin nitrofurantoin and aminoglycosides. Multivariate analysis demonstrated history of urinary infection in the last two weeks or three months as risk factors for cefditoren resistance.

Conclusions

Cefditoren exhibited enhanced in vitro activity against the most common uropathogens in the outpatient setting, representing an alternative oral treatment option in patients with risk factors for resistance to first-line antibiotics.

Keywords

Urinary tract infections Acute uncomplicated cystitis Cephalosporins Antimicrobial resistance Empirical treatment

Background

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) represent the most frequent bacterial infection encountered in the community setting being caused in their vast majority by members of the family of Enterobacteriaceae [1, 2]. Recently, antimicrobial resistance among uropathogens causing uncomplicated cystitis has increased, as well as the recognition of the importance of the ecological adverse effects of antimicrobial therapy (collateral damage) [26]. Effective empirical therapy must be based on susceptibility profiles of the uropathogens, therefore surveillance studies are important tools to guide antibiotic selection [3]. However, in a “real-life” scenario, empirical therapy is most likely to be prescribed either without a urine culture or before the results become available. A recognized drawback of many published studies is the inclusion of strains collected from hospitals, thus limiting surveillance in populations with easy access to tertiary centers even as outpatients. Additionally, in several laboratory-based studies no distinction could be safely made between complicated and uncomplicated UTIs; that same is true for purely “community” infections and nosocomial or healthcare-associated infections that are being treated in the community [3, 6].

Cefditoren is a third generation oral cephalosporin with a broad spectrum of activity comprising Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial species [7, 8]. After an oral 400-mg single dose, the mean concentrations in urine are 186.5 mg/L at 2 to 4 h and 12.7 mg/L at 8 to 12 h; available data have shown its potential to be used in the treatment of UTIs [9]. Cefditoren retained activity against some clinically significant pathogens harboring β-lactamase enzymes. In a study by Sevillano et al., cefditoren exhibited bactericidal activity (>4 log10 reduction) against TEM-1 (penicillinase production or hyperproduction) and TEM-34 derivative (IRT-6) isolates from 4 to 24 h. However, against ESBL-producing strains, no sustained bactericidal activity was demonstrated: against strains harboring the SHV determinant bactericidal activity was achieved only in the 6- to 8-h whereas against the TEM-116 strain a 2-log10 regrowth occurred from 12 to 24 h [9].

The present study was conducted in order to investigate a possible role of cefditoren in the treatment of UTIs treated in the outpatient setting. Given the expanded spectrum of cefditoren, strains of uncomplicated as well as complicated UTIs were included.

Methods

Study period and participating institutions

From January 2005 to March 2007 a Greek multicentre surveillance network was formed by private or public microbiology laboratories, representative of the whole country, in order to obtain Enterobacteriaceae isolates from outpatients with UTI. Personal data were collected anonymously. The research protocol was approved by the Ethics Committees of the cooperating hospitals, namely “Attikon” University General Hospital of Athens, “Sismanoglion” General Hospital of Athens and “G. Gennimatas” General Hospital of Athens. Primary care centers and Private Institutions participating in this study do not have Ethics Committees. Isolated strains were shipped to the central laboratory (Laboratory for Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 4th Dept of Internal Medicine, Athens University School of Medicine, University General Hospital ATTIKON). The network’s structure and methodology have been reported previously [10].

Bacterial isolates

A single urine culture per outpatient referred for a urine sample culture to each collaborating centre was collected along with a detailed questionnaire tracking demographic and clinical information. Clinical data included: reason for giving a urine sample, symptoms, history of UTI (in the last 2 weeks, 3 months or in the previous year prior to sampling), recent use of antibiotics (in the previous 2 weeks and 3 months), history of admission to the hospital and/or insertion of a urinary catheter during the previous year, presence of diabetes mellitus, nephrolithiasis, presence of urinary catheter and pregnancy on sampling [10]. A culture was considered positive with a growth of a single microorganism >104 CFU/ml. Bacterial isolates were identified by biochemical profiling using API systems (BioMerieux, Basingstoke, UK).

Isolates included in the current study were randomly selected from the total collection, which included 2446 microorganisms, 2280 of them being either E. coli, or Proteus mirabilis or Klebsiella spp. As defined by the study protocol every fourth isolate per center was selected for the cefditoren study; 7 isolates were dropped out due to contamination.

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to all antibiotics except Cefditoren was performed using the disk diffusion method, according to the Clinical Laboratory Standard Institute recommendations, CLSI 2011 [11]. Antimicrobials tested (disks) were: Ampicillin (10 μg), Cephalothin (30 μg), Cefuroxime (30 μg), Cefotaxime (30 μg), Ceftazidime (30 μg), Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid (20/10 μg), Piperacillin/tazobactam (100/10 μg), Ticarcillin/clavulanate (75/10 μg), Imipenem (10 μg), Ciprofloxacin (5 μg), Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole (1.25/23.75 μg), Nalidixic acid (30 μg), Nitrofurantoin (300 μg), Fosfomycin (200 μg), Mecillinam (10 μg), Gentamicin (10 μg), Amikacin (30 μg), Netilmicin (30 μg). Additionally, in view of the widespread use of quinolones in our community, MICs for Ciprofloxacin were determined by E-test method (AB-Biodisk, Solna, Sweden), in order to obtain a depiction of resistance trends within the susceptibility range in our population.

Susceptibility to Cefditoren was tested by agar dilution method, according to CLSI 2011 methodology. Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 was used as a quality control microorganism and was included in each run. Cefditoren standard powder was supplied by GlaxoSmithKline (Hellas). In lack of CLSI or EUCAST established breakpoints for Cefditoren, isolates with MIC ≤ 1 mg/L were considered as sensitive according to the recent literature [1214]. This choice was further supported by the recent EUCAST clinical breakpoints for third generation cephalosporins against Enterobacteriaceae [15].

Phenotypic identification of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL) production was confirmed following the CLSI (2011) guidelines [11]. Phenotypic identification of plasmidic AmpC β-lactamases was additionally tested using the phenyl boronic acid inhibition method, as described previously [16]. Other mechanisms of resistance (production of inhibitor-resistant TEM [IRT] β-lactamases and penicillinase production or hyperproduction) were detected by phenotypic analysis and interpretation following the EUCAST guidelines [15].

Definitions

Male gender, pregnancy, history of urinary tract infection in the last two weeks, history of admission to the hospital in the last 30 days, the presence of diabetes mellitus or nephrolithiasis and the presence of a urinary catheter on sampling were considered as complicating factors [10].

Female non pregnant patients, without complicating factors, presenting with at least one urinary symptom (i.e. frequency, dysuria, hematuria, suprapubic pain, excluding fever and vaginal symptoms), and a positive urine culture were assigned to the group “Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis” (AUC) [3].

Statistical analysis

In the univariate analysis proportions of NS (non susceptible) or R (resistant) strains between categorical variables were compared using the Pearson’s chi-square test or the Fischer’s exact test where appropriate. A p-value <0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Univariate predictors with p < 0.1 were tested for inclusion in a step-wise multivariate model. Nonsignificant variables were removed sequentially until only those significant at p < 0.1 remained. The analysis was carried out using Stata 10.0 (Stata Corp, Texas, USA).

Results

Demographic analysis

Cefditoren was studied against a total of 563 isolates (330 E. coli, 142 Proteus mirabilis and 91 Klebsiella spp-three K. oxytoca and 88 K. pneumoniae). Fully evaluable clinical information was available for 334/563 isolates (59.3%), i.e. 214/330 E. coli (64.8%), 75/142 P. mirabilis (52.8%) and 45/91 Klebsiella spp (49.5%). Women accounted for 88.3% of the patients with a mean age of 45.8 years (SD ± 18.5ys). A total of 318 cases of acute uncomplicated cystitis were available for evaluation. Demographic and clinical data are listed in detail in Table 1.
Table 1

Demographic and clinical data per type of infection (for 334 cases out of the total 563 studied)

 

Pts with AUC (%)

Total patients sample with available clinical information

No of patients (% of total)

172 (51.5)

334 (100)

Gender (% female)

100

88.3

Age (mean ± S.D.) (range) (years)

42.6 ± 17.0 (16–93)

46.9 ± 18.6 (16–93)

 15–65

141 (82.0)

248 (74.3)

 >65

25 (14.0) *

70 (20.9)

Missing

7 (4.0)

16 (4.8)

History of previous UTI in the last 2 weeks

0a

13 (3.9)

History of admission in the last year

11 (6.4) *

39 (11.7)

History of urinary catheter placement during admission

7 (4.1)

18 (5.4)

Diabetes mellitus

0a

30 (9.0)

Nephrolithiasis

0a

27 (8.1)

Actively having a urinary catheter

0 a

15 (4.5)

Pregnancy

0a

6 (1.8)

History of UTI in the last 3 months

16 (9.3) *

51 (15.3)

History of UTI in the past

64 (37.2)

122 (36.5)

History of receiving an antibiotic in the last 3 months for reason other than UTI

33 (19.2)

62 (18.6)

AUC acute uncomplicated cystitis, S.D. standard deviation, UTI urinary tract infection.

a Not applicable by protocol definition. *P ≤ 0.05.

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing for the total sample population

The in vitro activity of the antimicrobial agents tested against all the isolates in the study are listed in detail in Table 2, in terms of non-susceptibility rates (intermediate resistance and resistance rates). Cefditoren non-susceptibility rates for E. coli, P. mirabilis and Klebsiella spp were 10/330 (3%), 3/142 (2.1%), and 3/91 (3.3%) respectively, while respective values for MIC50/MIC90 were 0.25/0.50, 0.125/0.25, and 0.25/0.5 mg/L (in total 0.25/0.5 mg/L, range 0.03-128 mg/L). In Figure 1, MIC distribution for cefditoren against all isolates of E. coli, P. mirabilis and Klebsiella spp is displayed.
Table 2

Non-susceptibility a rates (%) for the total isolate yield of the study (n = 563)

Antimicrobial agent

Escherichia coli (n = 330)

Klebsiella spp (n = 91)

Proteus mirabilis (n = 142)

Amoxicillin

31.5

N/A b

33.1

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid

6.4

1.1

4.2

Cefalothin

9.1

3.3

13.4

Cefuroxime sodium

2.7

1.1

1.4

Cefuroxime axetil

3.9

3.3

2.8

Co-trimoxazole

23.6

11.0

13.4

Nalidixic acid

8.2

9.9

5.6

Ciprofloxacin

4.8

5.5

1.4

Mecillinam

3.6

1.1

22.5

Nitrofurantoin

6.4

30.8

N/A b

Fosfomycin c

1.2

1.1

9.9

Cefotaxime

3.0

1.1

1.4

Ceftazidime

0.6

1.1

3.5

Gentamicin

2.1

1.1

4.2

Netilimicin

0.6

1.1

0.7

Amikacin

0.9

1.1

0

Piperacillin-tazobactam

0.6

1.1

0

Ticarcillin-clavulanate

0.9

1.1

0.7

Imipenem

0.6

0

0.7

Cefditoren

3.0

3.3

2.1

a CLSI 2011 breakpoints of susceptibility were applied.

b N/A: not applicable (species inherently resistant).

c Fosfomycin trometamol is no long marketed in Greece.

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Figure 1

Cefditoren (%) MIC distribution per species.

Phenotypic identification of ESBL production was evident in 9 strains (8 E coli, 1 Klebsiella spp), while plasmid-mediated Amp-C in 3 strains (3 P. mirabilis). Production of inhibitor-resistant TEM β-lactamases and penicillinase production/hyperproduction was identified in 11 strains (9 E coli, 2 Klebsiella spp). All ESBL-producer strains were resistant to cefditoren (MIC range 16–128 mg/L); the same applied for all three plasmidic AmpC producers possessing MIC of cefditoren at 64 mg/L. TEM/hyperproducers displayed more variable MICs against cefditoren; in 7/11 the MIC was equal to 1 mg/L, whereas it ranged between 2–4 mg/L for the 4 remaining strains of this kind.

Cefditoren displayed good in vitro activity against E. coli isolates with different mechanisms of resistance. For ampicillin non-susceptible strains (104 strains) cefditoren MIC50/MIC90 values were 0.25/1 mg/L, whereas for amoxicillin-clavulanate and ciprofloxacin non-susceptible strains (21 and 16 strains respectively) the respective values were 0.5/128 mg/L. Finally, cefditoren MIC50/MIC90 values of cotrimoxazole non-susceptible strains (n = 78) were 0.25/4 mg/L.

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing for the study population with available clinical data

Non-susceptibility rates for E. coli isolates from AUC cases are listed in Table 3. MIC50/90 for cefditoren were 0.25/0.50 mg/L for AUC E coli isolates. Non-susceptibility rates for Proteus mirabilis and Klebsiella spp. isolates from AUC cases are listed in Table 4; MIC50/90 values for cefditoren were 0.125/0.25 and 0.125/0.25 mg/L respectively.
Table 3

Escherichia coli non-susceptibility rates a for cases with available clinical data

Antimicrobial agent

AUC (n = 119)

TotalE. coli cases with available clinical info (n = 214)

Amoxicillin

26.1

27.6

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid

5.0

4.7

Cefalothin

6.7

7.9

Cefuroxime sodiumb

0.8

1.4

Cefuroxime axetilc

2.5

3.3

Co-trimoxazole

18.5

18.7

Nalidixic acid

5.0

7.9

Ciprofloxacin

1.7

4.2

Mecillinam

2.5

2.8

Nitrofurantoin

7.6

7.0

Fosfomycin d

0

0.5

Cefotaxime

0.8

2.3

Ceftazidime

0

0

Gentamicin

0

1.4

Netilimicin

0

0.5

Amikacin

0

0

Piperacillin-tazobactam

0

0

Ticarcillin-clavulanate

0.8

0.9

Imipenem

0

0

Cefditoren

1.7

1.9

AUC. acute uncomplicated cystitis; a CLSI 2011 breakpoints of susceptibility were applied; bResults reported according to the breakpoint of parenteral cefuroxime; c Results reported according to the breakpoint of oral cefuroxime; d Fosfomycin trometamol is no long marketed in Greece.

Table 4

Proteus mirabilis . and Klebsiella spp non-susceptibility rates a for cases with available clinical data

Antimicrobial agent

Proteus mirabilis

Klebsiellaspp.

AUCb(n = 31)

Total cases with available clinical information (n = 75)

AUCb(n = 22)

Total cases with available clinical information (n = 45)

Amoxicillin

35.5

33.3

N/A c

N/A c

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid

6.5

5.3

0

2.2

Cefalothin

12.9

12.0

4.5

4.4

Cefuroxime sodium

0

2.7

0

0

Cefuroxime axetil

3.2

5.3

4.5

2.2

Co-trimoxazole

16.1

16

9.1

11.1

Nalidixic acid

9.7

6.7

0*

8.9

Ciprofloxacin

6.5

2.7

0

4.4

Mecillinam

25.8

21.3

0

0

Nitrofurantoin

N/A c

N/A c

40.9

33.3

Fosfomycin

0

0

0

2.2

Cefotaxime

3.2

3.2

0

0

Ceftazidime

6.5

5.3

0

0

Gentamicin

0

2.7

0

 

Netilimicin

0

0

0

2.2

Amikacin

0

0

4.5

4.4

Piperacillin-tazobactam

0

0

0

0

Ticarcillin-clavulanate

0

0

0

0

Imipenem

0

0

0

0

Cefditoren

3.2

2.7

0

2.2

a CLSI 2011 breakpoints of susceptibility were applied; b Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis, c not applicable, , *P ≤ 0.05.

Risk factors for cefditoren non-susceptibility

In the total isolates yield (563 strains), cefditoren non-susceptibility was positively associated with the co-existence of non-susceptibility to other antimicrobials, with the exceptions of mecillinam, imipenem, fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin, gentamicin and netilmicin. Cefditoren MIC was significantly higher in nalidixic/ciprofloxacin non-susceptible strains. The same applied for ciprofloxacin MIC in cefditoren non-susceptible isolates (Table 5). These results were also true for the subgroup of isolates with available clinical information (data not shown). Univariate analysis of clinical information has demonstrated the following risk factors associated with Cefditoren non-susceptibility: the presence of fever (P = 0.016), history of urinary tract infection in the previous two weeks from sampling (P = 0.026), history of urinary tract infection in the previous three months (P = 0.012), use of a fluoroquinolone during the previous three months (P = 0.018) and use of a cephalosporin or a clavulanate fixed combination in the previous three months (P = 0.042). In the multivariate analysis only history of urinary tract infection in the previous two weeks and in the previous three months retained statistical significance (Table 6). Clinical and microbiological charecteristics of isolates with resistance in cefditoren are listed in Table 7.
Table 5

MIC50/90 distribution according to different resistance phenotypes

 

Cefditoren susceptible strains

Cefditoren non-susceptible strains

P

Ciprofloxacin MIC50/MIC90 (mg/L)

0.012/0.032

0.19/32

<0.001

 

Nalidixic acid susceptible strains

Nalidixic acid non-susceptible strains

P

Cefditoren MIC50/MIC90 (mg/L)

0.25/0.5

0.25/48

<0.001

 

Ciprofloxacin susceptible strains

Ciprofloxacin non-susceptible strains

P

Cefditoren MIC50/MIC90 (mg/L)

0.25/0.5

0.5/64

<0.001

Table 6

Multivariate analysis of risk factors for cefditoren resistance

Parameter

p value

Odds Ratio

95% Confidence Interval

Presence of fever

0.14

5.69

0.58-55.54

History of UTI in the previous 2 weeks

0.006

39.65

2.88-546.30

History of UTI in the previous 3 months

0.04

22.67

1.12-457.48

Fluoroquinolone use in the last 3 months

0.32

0.16

0.04-5.89

Cephalosporin or clavulanate fixed combination in the last 3 months

0.86

0.78

0.05-11.48

UTI urinary tract infection.

Table 7

Microbiological and clinical information of Cefditoren-resistant isolates

Isolate

MIC Cefdi

CIP

AN

AMC

AM

Cefot CTX

CAZ

Cefur CXM

Cefal CF

FOS

GM

IMP

MEC

NA

NET

FT

TZP

TCC

SXT

Resistance Phenotype

Clinical details available

BA 356 E. coli

1

S

S

I

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

TEM-1 hyperproduction

NA

BA 425 E. coli

1

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

TEM-1 + SXTR

75ys female AUC, doxycycline in the last 3mos

BC 165 E. coli

1

S

S

R

R

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

TEM-1 hyperproduction

25ys female UTI, Hx of UTI in the last 2wks

BC 211 E. coli

1

R

S

I

R

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

R

TEM-1 hyperproduction + SXTR + cross resistance to all fluoroquinolones

81ys female AB with diabetes mellitus and nephrolithiasis, Hx of UTI in the last 2ks and 3 mos, use of CIP in the last 3mos

BTH 486 E. coli

1

S

S

I

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

TEM-1 hyperproduction + SXTR

NA

BM 538 E. coli

1

S

S

I

R

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

TEM-1 hyperproduction

NA

PER 41ii E. coli

1

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

TEM-1

45ys male AB, Hx of UTI in the last year

BTH 229 Klebsiella spp

2

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

I

S

S

R

SHV-1 natural + FTR + SXTR

NA

BP 129 E. coli

2

-

S

R

R

S

S

I

R

R

S

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

TEM-1 hyperproduction + FTR + FOSR

NA

P 72 Klebsiella spp

2

R

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

S

R

S

S

R

SHV-1 + FTR + SXTR + cross resistance to all fluoroquinolones

80ys female AB with folley catheter, Hx of UTI in the last 2wks and 3mos, use of cefaclor and TZP in the last 3 months

BK 319 E. coli

4

R

S

I

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

R

TEM-1 hyperproduction + SXTR + cross resistance to all fluoroquinolones

18ys female AUC, Hx of UTI in the last 3mos

BA 569 E. coli

16

S

S

S

R

R

S

R

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

ESBL CTX-type + SXTR

NA

BTH 470 E. coli

32

S

S

S

R

R

S

R

R

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

ESBL CTX-type + Resistance quinolones NalR

40ys female AUC, Hx of UTI in the last year

BM 593 E. coli

32

S

S

S

R

R

S

R

R

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

R

ESBL CTX-type + SXTR + Resistance quinolones NalR

NA

BA 524 Klebsiella spp

64

R

S

S

R

R

R

R

R

S

S

S

R

R

S

S

S

S

S

ESBL + MecilinamR + Cross resistance to all fluoroquinolones

NA

BM 463 P. mirabilis

64

S

S

R

R

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

AmpC plasmidic + natural FTR

56ys female, fever-frequency-dysuria-pyuria, use of cefaclor in the last 3 mos

BM 465 P. mirabilis

64

S

S

R

R

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

AmpC plasmidic + natural FTR

36ys female AUC, history of UTI in the last 3mos and use of CIP

BM 466 P. mirabilis

64

S

S

R

R

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

AmpC plasmidic + natural FTR

NA

BA 315 E. coli

128

S

S

I

R

R

S

R

R

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

I

I

ESBL CTX-type + SXTR + Resistance quinolones NalR

80ys female AB with folley catheter, Hx of UTI in the last 3mos, use of SXT and TZP in the last 3mos, recent hospital admission

GEM 167 E. coli

128

S

S

I

R

R

S

R

R

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

R

ESBL CTX-type + SXTR

NA

GEM 250 E. coli

128

R

S

S

R

R

S

R

R

S

S

S

S

R

S

S

S

S

R

ESBL CTX-type + SXTR + Cross resistance to all fluoroquinolones

68ys female, fever-pyuria, diabetes mellitus and nephrolithiasis, Hx of UTI in the last 2wks and use of CIP, Hx of recent hospital admission

GEM 315 E. coli

128

S

R

S

R

R

R

R

R

R

S

S

R

S

S

R

I

S

R

ESBL + SXTR + FTR + FOSR

NA

TZ 250 E. coli

128

R

R

R

R

R

R

R

R

S

R

R

R

R

R

R

R

R

R

MBL (XDR) + Cross resistance to all fluoroquinolones

NA

CIP: Ciprofloxacin, AN: Amikacin, AMC: Amoxicillin / clavulanic acid, AM: Ampicillin, CTX: Cefotaxime, CAZ: Ceftazidime, CXM: Cefuroxime, CF: Cephalothin, FOS: Fosfomycin, GM: Gentamicin, IMP: Imipenem, MEC: Mecillinam, NA: Nalidixic acid, NET: Netilmicin, FT: Nitrofurantoin, TZP: Piperacillin / tazobactam, TCC: Ticarcillin / clavulanate, SXT: Trimethoprim / sulfamethoxazole. S: Sensitive, I:Intermediate susceptibility, R: Resistant, NA: not available, AUC: acute uncomplicated cystitis, CUTI: complicated urinary tract infection, AB: asymptomatic bacteriuria, Hx of UTI: history of urinary tract infection.

Discussion

Cefditoren is a rapidly bactericidal antibiotic as demonstrated by previous in vitro studies [79]. Clinical data on its use in urinary tract infections are currently lacking whereas microbiological data against uropathogens are scarce [13, 14]. Currently there are not established susceptibility breakpoints for cefditoren against Gram-negative rods; for this reason we used as tentative breakpoint of susceptibility the threshold of ≤1 mg/L, according to recently published evidence as well as the most recently proposed clinical breakpoints by EUCAST, setting susceptibility of the 3rd generation cephalosporins against Enterobacteriaceae at ≤1 mg/L [1315].

This is among the first studies which report antimicrobial susceptibility data of cefditoren in comparison to other commonly used antimicrobials from a large population-based surveillance study of outpatients with UTIs. According to the data presented herein, cefditoren had the lowest rate of resistance among the tested orally-available antibiotics after fosfomycin- which is not marketed in our country in the last 10 years. In vitro activity of cefditoren in our population of uropathogens was in accordance with data from Spain [14], whereas a study from Korea reported higher MIC90 (16 mg/L) compared to our data (0.5 mg/L) [13]. As reported previously, cefditoren was not active against ESBL-producing strains [9, 13], however its activity against TEM/hyperproducers was more variable compared to previous reports although the majority of the strains (63.6%) were inhibited in clinically achievable concentrations [9].

Resistance to cefditoren was associated in our study with resistance to nalidixic acid- and resistance to ciprofloxacin. These observations are in accordance with data from Korea, a country with high levels resistance to ciprofloxacin among uropathogens (30.3% in the study by Ko et al.) [13]. On the other hand, no association of resistance to cefditoren was found with mecillinam, fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin and aminoglycosides, indicating that their use as first line treatment options in community acquired UTIs as recommended by local guidelines would not affect the susceptibility of cefditoren. This observation was also confirmed in a recent large European multicenter study [17]. In both ECOSENS studies, resistance to any antimicrobial studied was markedly higher in isolates resistant to any other antimicrobial, irrespective of whether or not the antibiotics belonged to the same class [17, 18]. This has been partially attributed to a pool of resistance in aminopenicillins, folate inhibitors and fluoroquinolones among E.coli in the community and the long established plasmid- mediated resistance to ampicillin and to trimethoprim/ sulfamethoxazole [17].

The accompanying questionnaire enabled us to classify UTIs as “complicated” or “uncomplicated” and to elucidate risk factors for resistance to cefditoren beyond the well-recognized use of an antibiotic of the same class in the previous 15 days-3 months [6, 19, 20]. The presence of fever indicating complicated UTI, previous use of a cephalosporin or a fixed combination of clavulanate or a quinolone for any reason and recent history of UTI in the last two weeks and three months were elucidated in the univariate analysis as risk factors for cefditoren resistance; however only the history of UTI retained statistical significance in the multivariate analysis, with an Odds Ratio of 39.65 for the preceding two weeks and 22.67 for the preceding two months. Cephalosporins are not currently indicated as first line antibiotics in acute uncomplicated cystitis, not only because other classes of antibiotics provide more convenient schemes of treatment, but also for epidemiological reasons [3, 21]. However, an emerging trend of resistance in cotrimoxazole is documented in several regions [2, 6, 13, 14]. IDSA and several other national guidelines advise against the empirical use of cotrimoxazole in settings with known resistance above the threshold of 20% [3, 20, 21]. In our country, data acquired through a big population-based surveillance revealed a resistance rate of 19.2% for AUC E. coli strains [10]. According to these recently published data from our group, the most potent in vitro antibiotics available for oral use in AUC in our community were fosfomycin, mecillinam, cefuroxime axetil, ciprofloxacin and amoxicillin/clavulanic acid with resistance rates of 1.6%, 3.4%,1.7%, 2.2% and 5.2% respectively. Interestingly, in this study cefditoren and oral cefuroxime displayed co-resistance only in isolates harboring ESBL or MBL mechanism of resistance (Table 7), although their overall susceptibility rates in the studied population were comparable (97.1% versus 94.1% respectively). Currently available data do not permit to adopt for cefuroxime the same risk factors elucidated for cefditoren but it is important to note that compared to other countries, cephalosporins of 2nd and 3rd generation and amoxicillin/clavulanic acid retain susceptibility among common uropathogens in UTIs in our community [2, 10, 17, 18]. As mentioned above, fosfomycin trometamol is no longer available in the Greek market. On the other side, collateral damage with the use of quinolones as well an alarming percentage of first step mutants among uropathogens in both uncomplicated (6%) and complicated infections (12.7%) [10] has prompted severe restriction policies against their indiscriminate use in the Greek community; this is also true in many countries [22, 23]. Furthermore the between the ECOSENS I (1999–2000) and ECOSENS II (2007–2008) studies ciprofloxacin resistance almost doubled in Greece [17, 18], mandating quinolone sparing policies in our community.

A certain weakness of this study is the lack of clinical data for almost one third of the studied isolates. However the lack of significant differences in resistance rates against all antibiotics tested between the populations with and without clinical information, as well as the large and representative sample of our study argues in favor of an extended applicability of the conclusions in our community. Furthermore the addition of a pool of isolates without clinical data allowed for a simulation of real life treatment scenario of an outpatient with UTI. Another possible weakness is the lack of clinical therapeutic data, which would enable us to detect therapeutic failure in the community with currently used agents, but this was beyond the design and the scope of the current study.

Certainly no strong argument exists for the use of cefditoren as first line option in acute uncomplicated UTIs since other treatment options mentioned above retain good activity. However many UTIs treated in the community setting are not episodes of acute uncomplicated cystitis mandating concentrations in the upper urinary tract; patients are often pretreated with other first-line classes of antibiotics; apart from recent antibiotic use patients with complicated urinary tract infections treated as outpatients frequently bear risk factors for resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics [3, 20]. Cefditoren could represent a treatment option in several cases among the above-mentioned patient/risk groups. According to our results, cefditoren could also be used in our community as a switch to oral treatment of patients with UTIs and risk factors for resistance to 1st line options, initially treated with a parenteral antibiotic. A strong argument for the selection of cefditoren could be the lack of cross-resistance with aminoglycosides, mecillinam, nitrofurantoin and fosfomycin.

Conclusions

In summary, cefditoren was the most potent in vitro antibiotic available for oral use in our country, against all three major pathogens causing UTIs in the outpatient setting. A potential was demonstrated for its use as empirical treatment in outpatients with no recent history of UTI, as an alternative to first line antimicrobials or in patients with risk factors for resistance to currently indicated first treatment options. Clinical studies are warranted to clearly define its possible role in the treatment of UTIs in outpatients.

Declarations

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Microbiology, “P. and A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital
(2)
4th Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, Athens University School of Medicine
(3)
Department of Microbiology, “Laikon” General Hospital of Athens
(4)
Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
(5)
6th Department of Internal Medicine, Hygeia Hospital

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