Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of linezolid in children with cystic fibrosis

Roberto P. Santos, Claude B. Prestidge, Michael E. Brown, Brenda Urbancyzk, Donald K. Murphey, Christine M. Salvatore, Hasan S. Jafri, George H. McCracken, Naveed Ahmad, Pablo J. Sanchez, Jane D. Siegel

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Alternative antimicrobial regimens are needed for treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-associated pulmonary exacerbations in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). There are no published pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) data for linezolid in children with CF Objectives: (1) To determine the PK and PD profile of linezolid among children with CF; (2) to characterize the effect of linezolid on MRSA infection; (3) to determine the effect of age and CF transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene mutations on drug clearance. Hypotheses: Linezolid clearance is enhanced in children with CF requiring a higher dosage regimen. Age and CFTR gene mutations affect drug clearance. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study; medical records of children with MRSA-associated pulmonary exacerbations treated with linezolid (10 mg/kg/dose IV every 8h) were reviewed. Linezolid peak and trough concentrations in serum were determined by high performance liquid chromatography PK profiles determined using standard noncompartmental method, and PD indices were evaluated. Results: 10 children (mean ± SD, 10.2 ± 5.5 years) received 14 courses of linezolid at 10 ± 0.4 mg/kg/dose every 8h for 15.4 ± 3.2 days. Seven had homozygous AF508 CFTR mutation. Peak and trough linezolid concentrations varied widely (range, 8.4-20.5 and 0.1 -11.5 mcg/mL respectively). The PK profile of children <10 years differed significantly from older patients (≥10 years). The PK indices of children with homozygous AF508 differed marginally from those with heterozygous CFTR mutations, but there were too few subjects to allow separation of age and CFTR mutations effect. No patient achieved the target PD ratio of AUC/MIC >80. MRSA persisted in sputum or throat culture after treatment with linezolid. Conclusions: Additional PK and PD data are needed to optimize linezolid therapy in children with cysticfibrosis; it is likely that higher doses will be needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-154
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric pulmonology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009


  • Genotype
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Phenotype
  • Staphylococcus aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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