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Gemifloxacin mesylate (trade name Factive®, Oscient Pharmaceuticals) is an oral broad-spectrum quinolone antibacterial agent used in the treatment of acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis and mild-to-moderate pneumonia.
Additional recommended knowledge
Gemifloxacin has been shown to be active against most strains of the following microorganisms:
Compared with currently available fluoroquinolones, gemifloxacin demonstrated improved in vitro activity (Gemifloxacin > Garenofloxacin > Moxifloxacin > Gatifloxacin as in following table) against S. pneumoniae (MIC for 90% eradication 0.03 µg/mL) and similar activity against gram-negative respiratory pathogens (Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis) and atypical pathogens such as Chlamydia pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
It is reported that penicillin-resistant S. pneumoniae clinical isolates, also resistant to ciprofloxacin (MICs, 2 to 64 μg/ml), are highly susceptible to gemifloxacin (MICs, 0.03 to 0.12 μg/ml). It is also reported that other fluoroquinolones like levofloxacin and moxifloxacin (with AUC(0-24)/MIC = 4.4-7.4) provide little or no inhibition of ciprofloxacin-resistant strains, while gemifloxacin is the only fluoroquinolone (with AUC(0-24)/MIC ≥ 32) to eradicate all ciprofloxacin-resistant strains.
As it is obvious from the above, that gemifloxacin is the most potent fluoroquinolone against S. pneumoniae esp. against multidrug resistant-, ciprofloxacin-resistant, and even levofloxacin-resistant strains.
The pharmacokinetics of gemifloxacin are linear over the dose range from 40 mg to 640 mg, thus having predictable pharmacokinetics.
Mechanism of action
Gemifloxacin acts by inhibiting DNA synthesis through the inhibition of both DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV (TOPO IV), which are essential for bacterial growth. S. pneumoniae showing mutations in both DNA gyrase and TOPO IV (double mutants) are resistant to most fluoroquinolones.
Gemifloxacin is the only fluoroquinolone which has the ability to inhibit both enzyme systems (dual targeting of both DNA Gyrase & TOPO IV) at therapeutically relevant drug levels in S. pneumoniae, and has MIC values that are still in the susceptible range for some of these double mutants. Inhibitory activities of fluoroquinolones against S. pneumoniae DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV (TOPO IV)
IC50 (µM)† Fluoroquinolone DNA Gyrase DNA Topoisomerase IV Gemifloxacin 5-10 2.5-5 Moxifloxacin 20 10 Gatifloxacin 20-40 10-20 Levofloxacin 80 40
(†Inhibitory concentration (IC50) is the concentration at which 50% of the activity of a target enzyme is inhibited. The lower the IC50, the greater the inhibitory effect)
Less risk of development of resistance Compared to other fluoroquinolones, resistance to gemifloxacin is low as the resistance is via multistep mutations and efflux. The frequency of spontaneous mutation is low (10-7 to <10-10). Some microorganisms resistant to other fluoroquinolones may be susceptible to gemifloxacin.
Indication and usage
GEMIMAC is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms in the conditions listed below. Success has been achieved in the treatment of viral fever with Gemimac with good patient compliance. Acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis caused by S. pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, or Moraxella catarrhalis. Community-acquired pneumonia (of mild to moderate severity) caused by S. pneumoniae (including multi-drug resistant strains, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, or Klebsiella pneumoniae.
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