Journal Article

Successful oral pristinamycin therapy for osteoarticular infections due to methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> (MRSA) and other <i>Staphylococcus</i> spp.

John Ng and Iain B. Gosbell

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 55, issue 6, pages 1008-1012
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Successful oral pristinamycin therapy for osteoarticular infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other Staphylococcus spp.

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Objectives: Oral treatment regimens for multiresistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are limited. In Australia, rifampicin plus fusidic acid is the usual treatment regimen following glycopeptide therapy but many patients are intolerant of this; some isolates are resistant; new oxazolidinones are expensive for routine use. Pristinamycin is a possible alternative and we report our experience with this agent.

Methods: The Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, South Western Area Pathology Service treats patients drawn from the South Western Sydney Area Health Service that houses ∼800 000 people and contains ∼2000 acute care public hospital beds. Patients prescribed pristinamycin between 1 September 2000 and 31 January 2000 were identified from hospital pharmacy records. A retrospective chart review was performed. Accepted clinical definitions of osteomyelitis and septic arthritis were used.

Results: Twenty-seven patients were identified with osteoarticular infections. Twenty-four cases involved Staphylococcus aureus (multiresistant MRSA in 21 cases); three involved Staphylococcus epidermidis sensu stricto; four cases involved multiple organisms. Nineteen cases received pristinamycin monotherapy; the others received various combinations (fusidic acid with five; other antibiotics with three). Therapy was generally well tolerated; no haematological or biochemical toxicity was detected. Seven patients had minor gastrointestinal disturbance; and one developed rash. Four patients required dose reduction. Only four patients ceased pristinamycin due to intolerance. Treatment outcome was evaluated in 23 cases; cure was effected in 16 cases, five were successfully suppressed and two failed. There were no deaths.

Conclusions: Oral pristinamycin is well tolerated and an important additional agent to treat osteoarticular infections with multiresistant MRSA and other staphylococci.

Keywords: oral antimicrobials; staphylococcal infections; streptogramins

Journal Article.  3111 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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