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J Antimicrob Chemother. 2013 Apr;68(4):936-42. doi: 10.1093/jac/dks467. Epub 2012 Nov 28.

Daptomycin for the treatment of infective endocarditis: results from a European registry.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Charité Hospital, Medical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany.



Infective endocarditis (IE) is a complex infection associated with high mortality. Daptomycin, a cyclic lipopeptide antibiotic highly active against Gram-positive bacteria, has recently been incorporated into IE treatment guidelines. This retrospective analysis provides insights into the use of daptomycin in IE in the European Cubicin(®) Outcomes Registry Experience (EU-CORE(SM)) between 2006 and 2010.


Three hundred and seventy-eight (10%) of 3621 enrolled patients received daptomycin for treatment of IE. Two hundred and fifty-nine (69%) had left-sided IE (LIE) and 182 patients (48%) underwent concomitant surgery.


Staphylococcus aureus was the most frequently identified pathogen (n=92; methicillin susceptible, n=50) and daptomycin was used empirically in 134 patients. Among cases of second-line therapy (n=312), the most common reason for switching to daptomycin was failure of the previous regimen (including glycopeptides and penicillins). Daptomycin was administered at 6 mg/kg in 224 patients and at ≥ 8 mg/kg in 72 patients. Clinical success rates were 80% overall, 91% for right-sided IE (RIE) and 76% for LIE, with similar rates seen for infections caused by methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (84%) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (81%). The clinical success rate in patients treated with ≥ 8 mg/kg daptomycin was 90% [n=72 (RIE, 91%; LIE, 89%)]. No new safety signals were observed.


In patients with IE registered in EU-CORE, daptomycin was most frequently used as second-line treatment after treatment failure. The majority of patients had LIE and most commonly received daptomycin for the treatment of staphylococcal infections. Clinical success was high in this difficult-to-treat population. The role of doses ≥ 8 mg/kg per day in the empirical treatment of IE deserves further investigation.

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