Yearly changes in antibacterial activities of cefozopran against various clinical isolates between 1996 and 2000: I. Gram-positive bacteria

Yumiko Suzuki, Chisato Nishinari, Harumi Endo, Chieko Tamura, Keiko Jinbo, Nobuyoshi Hiramatsu, Kazumitsu Akiyama, Tsuneo Koyama

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The in vitro antibacterial activities of cefozopran (CZOP), an agent of cephems, against various clinical isolates obtained between 1996 and 2000 were yearly evaluated and compared with those of other cephems, oxacephems, carbapenems, and penicillins. Fifteen species, 1,062 strains, of Gram-positive bacteria were isolated from the clinical materials annually collected from January to December, and consisted of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA; n=127), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA; n=123), Staphylococcus epidermidis (n=104), Staphylococcus haemolyticus (n= 58), Streptococcus pyogenes (n=100), Streptococcus agalactiae (n=50), Streptococcus pneumoniae (n=125), Enterococcus faecalis (n=150), Enterococcus faecium (n=50), Enterococcus avium (n=50), and Peptostreptococcus spp. (P anaerobius, P. asaccharolyticus, P. magnus, P. micros, P. prevotii; n=125). CZOP possessed stable antibacterial activities against all strains tested throughout 5 years. The MIC90 of CZOP against MRSA and S. haemolyticus tended to decrease while against S. pneumoniae and Peptostreptococcus spp., tended to increase year by year. However, the MIC90 just changed a little and were consistent with the results from the studies performed until the new drug application approval. Increases in the MIC90 against S. pneumoniae were also observed with cefpirome (CPR), cefepime (CFPM), flomoxef (FMOX), sulbactam/cefoperazone (SBT/CPZ), and imipenem (IPM). Increases in the MIC90 against Peptostreptococcus spp. were also observed with ceftazidime (CAZ), CPR, CFPM, FMOX, SBT/CPZ, and IPM. The decreases in the sensitivities were not always considered to depend upon generation of resistant bacteria because the annual MIC range of each antibacterial agent was almost generally wide every year and the annual sensitivity of each strain to the agents extremely varied. In conclusion, the annual antibacterial activities of CZOP against the Gram-positive bacteria did not considerably change. It, therefore, was suggested that CZOP had maintained high antibacterial activity during 5 years of post-marketing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-153
Number of pages15
JournalJapanese Journal of Antibiotics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 21 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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