Telavancin in the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia: clinical evidence and experience.
Telavancin (TLV) is a lipoglycopeptide derivative of vancomycin (VAN), which has activity against Gram-positive aerobic bacteria, and is especially effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Gram-positive bacteria resistant to VAN. Comparative clinical studies of TLV have demonstrated noninferiority compared with VAN in the treatment of hospital-acquired Gram-positive pneumonia, with high cure rates for TLV-treated patients with monomicrobial S. aureus infection, including isolates with reduced VAN susceptibility.
The results based on the patients' clinical response were supported by supplemental post-hoc analyses of 28-day mortality. In Europe and the USA, TLV is approved as a useful alternative for patients with difficult-to-treat, hospital-acquired MRSA pneumonia when there are very few alternatives. The present article reviews TLV's pharmacological characteristics and clinical efficacy resulting from clinical trials giving a detailed picture of its properties and position in the management of hospital-acquired pneumonia.