In the study we tested drug sensitivity to 3 carbapenems (doripenem, imipenem and meropenem) of Gram-negative clinical isolates from Southern Poland.
Material and methods: 89 strains were examined: 42 from Pseudomonas genus, 16 Acinetobacter baumannii strains and 31 Enterobacteriaceae strains. Etests were used according to the producers instructions, MIC values were interpreted using EUCAST criteria.
Results: Highest in vitro activity against Pseudomonas spp. was shown for doripenem, then meropenem and the lowest for imipenem (MIC values were definitely lower for doripenem; differences were statistically significant); A. baumannii strains showed similar sensitivity to doripenem, meropenem and imipenem (differences non-significant); all Enterobacteriaceae strains showed sensitivity to the tested antimicrobials.
Conclusions: As a conclusion-doripenem, which has high in vitro activity (almost the same as imipenem and meropenem) as well as beneficial pharmacologic properties, may be an alternative solution in the treatment of multiresistant Gram-negative bacteria, especially in patients in severe status who require restrictive antibiotic regimens.