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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2010 Dec;36(6):542-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2010.07.008. Epub 2010 Sep 18.

Efficacy of daptomycin combined with rifampicin for the treatment of experimental meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) acute osteomyelitis.

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Université de Nantes, Faculté de Médecine, EA3826, 1 rue Gaston Veil, F-44035 Nantes, France.


Daptomycin exhibits rapid bactericidal activity against Gram-positive organisms, including meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Daptomycin in combination with rifampicin needs to be assessed in bone infection. An MRSA acute osteomyelitis model was used. Daptomycin and vancomycin were compared, alone or in combination with rifampicin, over 4 days. Surviving bacteria were counted in bone, bone marrow and joint fluid. Vancomycin and daptomycin as single therapies were ineffective, but both combinations were significantly more effective than the corresponding monotherapy. Combination of daptomycin and rifampicin could prevent S. aureus from developing resistance. This combination could be a useful alternative to treat MRSA osteomyelitis at an early stage.

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