Media Articles Related to Vancocin (Vancomycin)
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)
Source: MedicineNet Encephalitis and Meningitis Specialty [2014.01.22]
Title: Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 5/8/2007 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Errors discovered in MRSA drug dosage calculations for children over 10
Source: MRSA / Drug Resistance News From Medical News Today [2014.01.10]
The emergence of MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus), dubbed a 'superbug' due to its resistance to many antibiotic drugs, has resulted in the glycopeptide antibiotic Vancomycin being commonly prescribed for patients in hospital.However, MRSA's resistance to drugs has led to concerns of a 'creeping minimum' in the concentration of the dosage required to treat infection.
Zyvox® shows cost savings for treatment of skin infections
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Infections
Oral Zyvox® shows cost savings for outpatient treatment of skin and other infections when compared to vancomycin.
Published Studies Related to Vancocin (Vancomycin)
Reduced acquisition and overgrowth of vancomycin-resistant enterococci and
Candida species in patients treated with fidaxomicin versus vancomycin for
Clostridium difficile infection. 
Fidaxomicin causes less disruption of anaerobic microbiota during treatment of
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) than vancomycin and has activity against
many vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). In conjunction with a multicenter
randomized trial of fidaxomicin versus vancomycin for CDI treatment, we tested
the hypothesis that fidaxomicin promotes VRE and Candida species colonization
less than vancomycin...
Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of vancomycin for the treatment of
patients with gram-positive infections: focus on the study design. 
of other antibiotics for the treatment of gram-positive infections... CONCLUSION: On the basis mainly of data from open-label trials, vancomycin is a
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. [2011.04]
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)... CONCLUSIONS: Tigecycline monotherapy is a safe and effective therapy for cSSSIs in geographically distinct populations in Asia. Copyright (c) 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Fidaxomicin versus vancomycin for Clostridium difficile infection. [2011.02.03]
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection is a serious diarrheal illness associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Patients generally have a response to oral vancomycin or metronidazole; however, the rate of recurrence is high. This phase 3 clinical trial compared the efficacy and safety of fidaxomicin with those of vancomycin in treating C. difficile infection... CONCLUSIONS: The rates of clinical cure after treatment with fidaxomicin were noninferior to those after treatment with vancomycin. Fidaxomicin was associated with a significantly lower rate of recurrence of C. difficile infection associated with non-North American Pulsed Field type 1 strains. (Funded by Optimer Pharmaceuticals; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00314951.)
Telavancin versus vancomycin for hospital-acquired pneumonia due to gram-positive pathogens. [2011.01.01]
BACKGROUND: Telavancin is a lipoglycopeptide bactericidal against gram-positive pathogens... CONCLUSIONS: The primary end point of the studies was met, indicating that telavancin is noninferior to vancomycin on the basis of clinical response in the treatment of HAP due to gram-positive pathogens.
Clinical Trials Related to Vancocin (Vancomycin)
Trial of Prophylactic Versus Empirical Vancomycin for the Prevention of Streptococcal Sepsis After Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation [Completed]
This is a randomized 2-arm study to compare two different times of giving the drug
vancomycin. Half of the patients will begin vancomycin two days before a bone marrow
transplant. The other half will get it as soon as they have the first fever.
Streptococci are bacteria that live in one's mouth and gut. These bacteria can escape into
the blood when the lining of the mouth and gut weakens from cancer therapy. This can make
the person who is undergoing a bone marrow transplant very sick. All patients who get this
infection are treated with antibiotics. Vancomycin is one drug that is used to treat this
bloodstream infection once it is diagnosed. Studies have shown that giving vancomycin before
a bone marrow transplant seems to prevent this infection. However, giving vancomycin too
soon may increase the chance that the kidneys will be irritated. It may also increase the
chance that other bacteria will become resistant to this drug. We, the investigators at
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, do not know if waiting to start vancomycin until the
patient has a first fever can also prevent this infection.
Intracolonic Vancomycin Therapy in Severe C. Diff Colitis [Recruiting]
Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that can infect the colon and cause severe diarrhea in
patients after recent antibiotic use. The current standard of care treatment for severe C.
diff. consists of oral vancomycin and/or intravenous metronidazole. When treatment is
unsuccessful, it can lead to need for removal of the entire colon or even death. In fact,
mortality rates in the literature range from 11-37% for C. diff. The most commonly quoted
mortality rate is 14% for severe infection. It is believed that the failure of treatment
may stem from an adynamic ileus (paralysis of the small bowel). This ileus may prevent the
oral vancomycin from reaching the colon and therefore it does not treat the problem.
Vancomycin functions by direct contact with the colon. Therefore, if the vancomycin is
instilled directly into the colon, it can come into contact with and be its intended target.
: The objective of the study is to improve treatment of severe C. diff. colitis . C.
diff. infection is defined as severe if there is evidence of ileus accompanied by any one of
the following: fever greater than 38. 30C, , acidemia, serum albumin less than 2. 5, or white
blood cell count greater than 14,000.
Dose Enhancement of Vancomycin IN Everyday Patients [Recruiting]
Current Australian guidelines for vancomycin commonly underdoses individuals particularly in
the first 48 hours.
The aim of the trial is to compare two dosing regimens; the current Australian guidelines
versus a more appropriately modeled pharmacokinetic based regimen with the overall aim of
developing a new vancomycin dosing strategy that will enable patients to have more
individualised and therapeutically efficacious treatment.
The hypothesis is that dosing vancomycin according to a pharmacokinetically modeled regimen
increases the likelihood of achieving therapeutic trough levels of vancomycin within the
first 48 hours (or at steady state, whichever is sooner) compared to dosing vancomycin
according to the current Antibiotic guidelines.
Pre-operative Prophylaxis With Vancomycin and Cefazolin in Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Patients [Recruiting]
The investigators hope to learn 1) if the addition of prophylaxis with vancomycin will
decrease the rate of cefazolin non-susceptible SSI's, in high risk population 2) to develop
better understanding of vancomycin and cefazolin pharmacokinetics in children undergoing
cardiopulmonary bypass 3) to assess the barriers to vancomycin dosing peri-operatively 4) to
assess side effects and risks associated with peri-operative vancomycin administration. This
will allow us to improve patient care by better understanding the benefits or the risks of
peri-operative vancomycin administration and potentially decrease cefazolin-resistant
surgical site infections.
In addition, this study gives us the opportunity to evaluate cefazolin and vancomycin
pharmacokinetics on children on CPB.
The investigators will take blood samples from 20 patients. In 10 patients the investigators
will do Cefazolin pK analysis and in the other 10 the investigators will do pK Vancomycin
analysis. For the remainder of 292 patients, only prospective chart review will be done to
determine the incidence of SSI's.
This data will be compared with 936 controls who received only Cefazolin pre-operatively as
prophylaxis for SSI's.
Dose Escalation Trial of Intrasite Vancomycin Pharmacokinetics [Not yet recruiting]
Surgical wound infections remain a serious problem despite aseptic techniques and the use of
prophylactic systemic antibiotics. Such infections can occur at rates up to ~20% in
high-risk patients receiving long segment instrumented spinal fusions for deformity
correction and present potentially catastrophic consequences. Given this, the high cost of
treatment, and a payer system unable to support such expenses, investigators must make every
effort to find new cost-effective ways to prevent these complications.
Increasingly surgeons have sought to address this problem by placing lyophilized Vancomycin
into spinal surgery wounds immediately prior to wound closure. This method, known as
"intrasite" application, is adapted from techniques used to prevent infection in joint
replacement surgeries. The motivation for this practice is to maximize antibiotic
concentration within the wound while minimizing systemic concentration and toxicity, (the
inverse of the situation when using IV antibiotics). While the popularity of intrasite
delivery has grown rapidly, this has occurred without prospective scientific evidence.
Recently, three retrospective papers including nearly 2,500 treated patients, indicated that
intrasite Vancomycin reduces wound infections without increasing adverse events[1-3].
However, there are no published data on the dosing or pharmacokinetics of intrasite
Vancomycin, let alone prospective trials of its efficacy and safety.
The investigators propose to perform the first prospective trial of intrasite Vancomycin
pharmacokinetics and safety. Study objectives will include standardizing application and
dosing, defining peak/trough concentrations and clearance parameters, verifying bactericidal
potency, and dose selection for use in future studies. This will be accomplished by
enrolling groups of patients (n=10) to receive one of three doses of intrasite lyophilized
Vancomycin (3, 6 or 12 mg/cm2), prior to wound closure. Vancomycin concentrations in venous
blood and wound seroma fluid will be measured at regular intervals after surgery to
establish pharmacokinetic parameters. Preliminary data regarding local and systemic adverse
events including wound healing, fusion rate, and toxicity will be prospectively collected.
The ultimate goal of this learning-phase study is to gather sufficient information regarding
application, dosing, pharmacokinetics, measurement strategies, and adverse events to prepare
for a Phase III efficacy trial.