Clinical efficacy and safety of arbekacin sulfate in patients with MRSA sepsis or pneumonia: a multi-institutional study

J Infect Chemother. 2013 Feb;19(1):128-37. doi: 10.1007/s10156-012-0519-z. Epub 2012 Dec 22.


Arbekacin (ABK) is an aminoglycoside and widely used in Japan for treatment of patients infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Although, ABK has concentration-dependent antibacterial activity, the peak serum concentration (C (peak)) of ABK has not yet been fully investigated as an indicator of the efficacy of ABK. The present study was conducted in patients admitted to hospitals affiliated with the ABK Dose Finding Study Group, between October 2008 and June 2011, who had pneumonia or sepsis, the cause of which was identified or suspected to be MRSA. The initial target C (peak) was set at 15-20 μg/mL and therapeutic drug monitoring was conducted. Then the relationship between serum concentration and efficacy/safety of ABK was prospectively examined to obtain sufficient clinical efficacy. In total, 89 patients from 11 clinical sites in Japan were enrolled and 29 of these patients were subjected to efficacy analysis. The mean initial dose and C (peak) were 306.9 mg/day and 16.2 μg/mL, respectively. The efficacy rate was 95 % (19/20 patients) at 5-6 mg/kg or higher, 87.5 % (7/8) for sepsis and 90.5 % (19/21) for pneumonia, and the overall efficacy rate was 89.7 % (26/29). There was no increase in the incidence of adverse events. In conclusion, we recommend the initial dose of ABK at 5-6 mg/kg or higher and the dosage regimen should be adjusted to achieve C (peak) at 10-15 μg/mL or higher in the treatment of patients with pneumonia or sepsis caused by MRSA. This strategy would surely achieve low incidence of adverse events while obtaining high clinical efficacy.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anti-Infective Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Infective Agents / adverse effects*
  • Anti-Infective Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Dibekacin / administration & dosage
  • Dibekacin / adverse effects
  • Dibekacin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Dibekacin / pharmacokinetics
  • Dibekacin / therapeutic use
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus / drug effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonia, Staphylococcal / drug therapy*
  • Pneumonia, Staphylococcal / microbiology
  • Sepsis / drug therapy*
  • Sepsis / microbiology


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Dibekacin
  • arbekacin