An open-label, pragmatic, randomized controlled clinical trial to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of daptomycin versus vancomycin for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infection

BMC Infect Dis. 2015 Nov 7;15:503. doi: 10.1186/s12879-015-1261-9.


Background: Treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infection (cSSSI) places a tremendous burden on the health care system. Understanding relative resource utilization associated with different antimicrobials is important for decision making by patients, health care providers, and payers.

Methods: The authors conducted an open-label, pragmatic, randomized (1:1) clinical study (N = 250) to compare the effectiveness of daptomycin with that of vancomycin for treatment of patients hospitalized with cSSSI caused by suspected or documented methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. The primary study end point was infection-related length of stay (IRLOS). Secondary end points included health care resource utilization, cost, clinical response, and patient-reported outcomes. Patient assessments were performed daily until the end of antibiotic therapy or until hospital discharge, and at 14 days and 30 days after discharge.

Results: No difference was found for IRLOS, total LOS, and total inpatient cost between cohorts. Hospital LOS contributed 85.9% to the total hospitalization cost, compared with 6.4% for drug costs. Daptomycin showed a nonsignificant trend toward a higher clinical success rate, compared with vancomycin, at treatment days 2 and 3. In the multivariate analyses, vancomycin was associated with a lower likelihood of day 2 clinical success (odds ratio [OR] = 0.498, 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.249-0.997; P < 0.05).

Conclusion: This study did not provide conclusive evidence of the superiority of one treatment over the other in terms of clinical, economic, or patient outcomes. The data suggest that physician and patient preference, rather than drug acquisition cost, should be the primary driver of initial antibiotic selection for hospitalized patients with cSSSI.

Trial registration: NCT01419184 (Date: August 16, 2011).

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Daptomycin / economics
  • Daptomycin / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Costs
  • Female
  • Hospital Costs
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / economics
  • Male
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus / pathogenicity
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / drug therapy*
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / microbiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vancomycin / economics
  • Vancomycin / therapeutic use*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Vancomycin
  • Daptomycin

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