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Efficacy and safety of tigecycline monotherapy compared with vancomycin-aztreonam in the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections in patients from India and Taiwan.

Author(s): Chuang YC, Chang CM, Aradhya S, Nagari B, Pai V, Dartois N, Jouve S, Cooper A.

Affiliation(s): Chi Mei Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Yung Kang Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan. chuangkenneth@hotmail.com

Publication date & source: 2011, J Microbiol Immunol Infect. , 44(2):116-24

BACKGROUND: To compare the monotherapy of tigecycline with vancomycin-aztreonam in hospitalized patients from India and Taiwan with complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSIs). METHODS: Safety and efficacy data were analyzed for Indian (n = 86) and Taiwanese (n = 41) patients hospitalized with cSSSIs who participated in two international Phase 3, randomized, double-blind studies. RESULTS: Patients were treated for 5-14 days. Cure rates at the test-of-cure assessment (12-92 days post-therapy) were generally similar between tigecycline and vancomycin-aztreonam in the clinically evaluable populations (India, 83.3% vs. 75.8%; Taiwan, 78.6% vs. 90%) and in the clinical modified intent-to-treat populations (India, 78.6% vs. 66.7%; Taiwan, 73.3% vs. 75.0%). Nausea and vomiting occurred more frequently with tigecycline, but overall safety and tolerability were comparable between the two treatments. CONCLUSIONS: Tigecycline monotherapy is a safe and effective therapy for cSSSIs in geographically distinct populations in Asia.

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