Dalbavancin in the treatment of different gram-positive infections: a real-life experience

Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2018 Apr;51(4):571-577. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2017.11.008. Epub 2017 Nov 24.


Dalbavancin is a lipoglycopeptide with a very prolonged half-life enabling treatment with a single intravenous administration that has been approved to treat complicated skin and soft-tissue infections. Information on the efficacy and safety of dalbavancin in other situations is very scarce. This retrospective study included adult patients who received at least one dose of dalbavancin between 2016 and 2017 in 29 institutions in Spain. The primary objective was to report the use of dalbavancin in clinical practice, including its efficacy and tolerability. The potential impact of dalbavancin on reducing the length of hospital stay and hospital costs was also evaluated. A total of 69 patients received dalbavancin during the study period (58.0% male; median age 63.5 years). Dalbavancin was used to treat prosthetic joint infection (29.0%), acute bacterial skin and skin-structure infection (21.7%), osteomyelitis (17.4%) and catheter-related bacteraemia (11.6%). These infections were mainly caused by Staphylococcus aureus (27 isolates), coagulase-negative staphylococci (24 isolates) and Enterococcus spp. (11 isolates). All but two patients received previous antibiotics for a median of 18 days. Dalbavancin was administered for a median of 21 days (range 7-168 days), and concomitant antimicrobial therapy was prescribed to 25 patients (36.2%). The overall clinical success rate of dalbavancin was 84.1%. Adverse events, mainly mild in intensity, were reported in nine patients. Overall, dalbavancin was estimated to reduce hospitalisation by 1160 days, with an estimated overall cost reduction of €211 481 (€3064 per patient). Dalbavancin appears to be an effective therapy for many serious Gram-positive infections.

Keywords: Dalbavancin; Gram-positive infection; Skin and soft-tissue infection.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Catheter-Related Infections / drug therapy*
  • Catheter-Related Infections / economics
  • Catheter-Related Infections / microbiology
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Enterococcus / drug effects
  • Enterococcus / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus / drug effects
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteomyelitis / drug therapy*
  • Osteomyelitis / economics
  • Osteomyelitis / microbiology
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / drug therapy*
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / economics
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / microbiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Soft Tissue Infections / drug therapy*
  • Soft Tissue Infections / economics
  • Soft Tissue Infections / microbiology
  • Spain
  • Staphylococcal Skin Infections / drug therapy*
  • Teicoplanin / adverse effects
  • Teicoplanin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Teicoplanin / therapeutic use


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Teicoplanin
  • dalbavancin