The activity of grepafloxacin against respiratory pathogens in the UK

J Antimicrob Chemother. 1997 Dec:40 Suppl A:27-30. doi: 10.1093/jac/40.suppl_1.27.


The in-vitro activity of grepafloxacin was compared with that of other antimicrobials against respiratory tract pathogens collected from 15 UK laboratories over the winter of 1995-96. Penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae was not encountered, but macrolide resistance was seen in approximately 10% of strains. Grepafloxacin (MIC90 0.25 mg/L) was four- to eight-fold more active than ciprofloxacin. Twelve percent of Haemophilus influenzae were beta-lactamase producers, macrolides were relatively inactive yet fluoroquinolones were highly active. Moraxella catarrhalis were highly susceptible to fluoroquinolones and macrolides. The activity of grepafloxacin against respiratory tract pathogens should make it a useful agent in the treatment of infections at this site.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy*
  • Bacterial Infections / epidemiology
  • Ciprofloxacin / therapeutic use
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • England / epidemiology
  • Fluoroquinolones*
  • Haemophilus influenzae / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Moraxella catarrhalis / drug effects
  • Penicillin Resistance
  • Penicillins / therapeutic use
  • Piperazines / therapeutic use*
  • Quinolones / therapeutic use*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / drug therapy*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / microbiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae / drug effects


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Penicillins
  • Piperazines
  • Quinolones
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • grepafloxacin