This study evaluates the safety and efficacy of lefamulin, a pleuromutilin, for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
Lefamulin is a potent, semi-synthetic antibacterial belonging to a novel class known as the pleuromutilins. Both the intravenous (IV) and oral dosage forms of lefamulin are under investigation in this study. Lefamulin's in vitro antibacterial profile includes the most important bacterial pathogens causing respiratory tract infection (RTI). The antibacterial spectrum comprises S. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis, the atypical respiratory pathogens L. pneumophila, C. pneumoniae, and M. pneumoniae, S. aureus including MRSA and CA-MRSA, ß-haemolytic streptococci including S. pyogenes and S. agalactiae, and Enterococcus faecium including vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Moreover, as demonstrated in cross-resistance studies, lefamulin remains active against clinical isolates resistant to the following antimicrobial(s) (classes): macrolides, lincosamides, streptogramin B, oxazolidinones, tetracyclines, ß lactams, quinolones, trimethoprim-sulfametoxazole, mupirocin, and vancomycin.