Use of garenoxacin: a new generation antibiotic for surgical infections

J. Rodrigues, A. Ramani, S. Mondarkar, M. Nazareth, V. Sobti, K. Krishnaprasad


Background: The management of skin and skin structure infections (SSSI) still continues to be global challenge. USFDA has given strong recommendation for adequate empirical antibiotic coverage to avoid further complication of the wounds. Wound complications, especially in the diabetic population, patients with low immunity remains a big challenge though other factors like site of the wound, age of the patients also play an important role.

Methods: A retrospective observational study was conducted to analyze clinical utility of garenoxacin for surgical prophylaxis. A total of 100 patients, 30 patients with diabetic foot and 70 patients with post-surgical intraabdominal wounds who were prescribed garenoxacin 2×200 mg as stat dose prophylactically. Swab culture from the wound slough and drain tube samples were sent for culture/sensitivity on day 0, day 5, and day 7. Wound healing was evaluated by estimating slough discharge, size of the wound, vascularity, and overall healing. They were categorized as treatment failure group, when sough/drain-discharge reduction was ≤50%, improved if sough/drain-discharge reduction was 50-75% and cure when sough/drain-discharge reduction was 75-100%.

Results: The healthy granulation tissue was observed post 7 days therapy of garenoxacin 2×200 mg in diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) patients when administered empirically before surgical debridement. In patients with post-operative infectious intraabdominal wounds, the most common isolated organisms were Enterococcus, Acinetobacter and Klebsiella. Post garenoxacin therapy used as switch therapy empirically for 5 days resulted in 100% sterile culture. While evaluating slough/drain-discharge in DFU patients, 84% patients showed cure and 16% showed improvement at the end of day 7 and in patients with post-operative infectious intra-abdominal wounds cure was observed in 86% patients showed cure and 14% patient showed improvement. No side effects were reported during the study.

Conclusions: Administration of garenoxacin used as empirical therapy for surgical prophylaxis and as switch therapy in patients with DFU s and post-surgical infectious wounds for the period of 5-7 days has been found effective indicating its wide spectrum of action.


Garenoxacin, Fluoroquinolone, Skin and skin structure infections, Staphylococcus aureus

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