A Comparison of the Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Followed by Oral Delafloxacin With Vancomycin Plus Aztreonam for the Treatment of Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections: A Phase 3, Multinational, Double-Blind, Randomized Study

Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 16;67(5):657-666. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy165.


Background: Delafloxacin is an intravenous (IV)/oral anionic fluoroquinolone with activity against gram-positive (including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]), gram-negative, atypical, and anaerobic organisms. It is approved in the United States for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSIs) caused by designated susceptible gram-positive and gram-negative organisms, and is in development for the treatment of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.

Methods: A multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial of 850 adults with ABSSSI compared delafloxacin 300 mg IV every 12 hours for 3 days with a switch to 450 mg oral delafloxacin, to vancomycin 15 mg/kg IV with aztreonam for 5-14 days. The primary endpoint was objective response at 48-72 hours. Investigator-assessed response based on resolution of signs and symptoms at follow-up (day 14 ± 1), and late follow-up (day 21-28) were secondary endpoints.

Results: In the intent-to-treat analysis set, the objective response was 83.7% in the delafloxacin arm and 80.6% in the comparator arm. Investigator-assessed success was similar at follow-up (87.2% vs 84.4%) and late follow-up (83.5% vs 82.2%). Delafloxacin was comparable to vancomycin + aztreonam in eradication of MRSA at 96.0% vs 97.0% at follow-up. Frequency of treatment-emergent adverse events between the groups was similar. Treatment-emergent adverse events leading to study drug discontinuation was higher in the vancomycin + aztreonam group (1.2% vs 2.4%).

Conclusions: In ABSSSI patients, IV/oral delafloxacin monotherapy was noninferior to IV vancomycin + aztreonam combination therapy for both the objective response and the investigator-assessed response at follow-up and late follow-up. Delafloxacin was well tolerated as monotherapy in treatment of ABSSSIs.

Clinical trials registration: NCT01984684.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Administration, Intravenous
  • Administration, Oral
  • Adult
  • Aztreonam / therapeutic use*
  • Community-Acquired Infections / drug therapy*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Fluoroquinolones / administration & dosage
  • Fluoroquinolones / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus / drug effects
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / drug therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vancomycin / therapeutic use*
  • Young Adult


  • Fluoroquinolones
  • delafloxacin
  • Vancomycin
  • Aztreonam

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01984684