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"This study supports thrice weekly teicoplanin as a convenient and effective OPAT for administration" Asumang et al (2021).
Teicoplanin administration in outpatient setting


Introduction: The glycopeptide teicoplanin is commonly utilized to facilitate outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT). Licensed for once daily maintenance dosing, teicoplanin’s long half-life allows for less frequent dosing (e.g. thrice weekly) following successful loading. This service evaluation reviews the safety and effectiveness of a novel thrice weekly teicoplanin dosing regimen.

Methods: A retrospective, observational study was conducted at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (March 2018 to July 2020), evaluating trough serum teicoplanin concentrations for patients receiving >5 days of teicoplanin in the OPAT setting. Teicoplanin dosing and administration (once daily versus thrice weekly), clinical outcomes and therapeutic levels were analysed for all patients. The project was registered with clinical governance locally.

Results: A total of 82 patients treated with teicoplanin in the OPAT service were included; 53/82 receiving thrice weekly and 29/82 receiving once daily dosing. Mean teicoplanin trough levels were similar in both groups (26.2 mg/L and 25.8 mg/L in once daily and thrice weekly groups, P = 0.8895). High clinical success rates were recorded in both groups (25/29 [86.2%] versus 50/53 [94.3%]). No correlation with clinical outcomes and initial teicoplanin serum levels was identified. Normal renal function (>90 mL/min) was associated with lower teicoplanin serum concentrations (mean [±SD] 21.4 mg/L [±10.1] versus 29.7 mg/L [±14], P = 0.0178) in the thrice weekly dosed group but not with the once daily dosed group (mean [±SD] 28.2 mg/L [±9.4] versus 23.7 mg/L [±9.9], P = 0.2201).

Conclusions: This study supports thrice weekly teicoplanin as a convenient and effective OPAT for administration in the OPAT setting. Therapeutic drug monitoring is advised to adjust for intra-patient variability.


Asumang J, Heard KL, Troise O, Fahmy S, Mughal N, Moore LSP, Hughes S. Evaluation of a thrice weekly administration of teicoplanin in the outpatient setting: a retrospective observational multicentre study. JAC Antimicrob Resist. 2021 Feb 21;3(1):dlab012. doi: 10.1093/jacamr/dlab012. PMID: 34223089; PMCID: PMC8210249.