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Comparative in-vitro activity of piperacillin and piperacillin plus tazobactam towards beta-lactamase producing clinical isolates



Comparative in-vitro activity of piperacillin and piperacillin plus tazobactam towards beta-lactamase producing clinical isolates



Journal of ChemoTherapy 2(5): 295-299



The authors evaluated the in-vitro antibacterial activity of piperacillin alone and of piperacillin combined with tazobactam, a new beta-lactamase inhibitor, on 398 clinical isolates, both Gram-positive and Gram-negative. The piperacillin/tazobactam combination was evaluated in the fixed ratio 8:1. The vast majority of the microorganisms tested had reduced susceptibility to piperacillin (minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) range 0.12- greater than 256 mg/l) due to beta-lactamase production. The following results were obtained: against Haemophilus influenzae, tazobactam was effective in reducing the MICs of piperacillin by 512 fold. The activity of piperacillin/tazobactam was lower against Pseudomonas sp., while some activity was demonstrated against some strains of Klebsiella. Good activity was seen not only against methicillin-susceptible (MS) staphylococci but also against some methicillin-resistant (MR) strains. In the latter, the combination of piperacillin/tazobactam was active only if the strains showed beta-lactamase production. These findings are interesting above all in regard to the synergistic effect demonstrated against MR beta-lactamase producing staphylococci and the Klebsiella-Enterobacter-Serratia (KES) group.

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