This case series explored the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) characteristics of meropenem (MEM) in adult cystic fibrosis (CF) patients hospitalized for a pulmonary exacerbation. From January 2015 to June 2016, all adult patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic pulmonary infection due to meropenem (MEM)-susceptible/intermediate Pseudomonas aeruginosa who received at least 48 h of MEM as an extended 3-hour infusion for treating a pulmonary exacerbation were enrolled. MEM plasma concentrations were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. Six adult CF patients with a median age of 47 years were included in the study. MEM showed a high Vd (mean 45.98 L, standard deviation [SD] ±34.45). A minimal PK/PD target of 40% T > minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) with respect to the MEM MIC of P. aeruginosa strains isolated from sputum during exacerbation was achieved in 5/6 patients (83%). MEM failed to achieve this target only in one patient, whose strain showed the highest MEM MIC in our cohort (8 mg/L). In all patients, MEM was well tolerated, and no adverse events were reported. In conclusion, high-dose, extended-infusion MEM during pulmonary exacerbation showed a high Vd in six adult CF patients with high median age, and was well tolerated.
Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Meropenem; Pharmacokinetic; Therapeutic drug monitoring.