To determine if tedizolid is effective for pulmonary Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) disease, and to use pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics to design optimal doses.
We performed an exposure–response experiment in the hollow-fibre system model of intracellular MAC (HFS-MAC). We mimicked the tedizolid concentration–time profiles achieved in the lungs of patients treated once daily for 28 days. The HFS-MAC was sampled at intervals to determine the tedizolid pharmacokinetics and MAC intracellular burden. We identified the 0–24 h area under the concentration–time curves to MIC (AUC0–24/MIC) ratios associated with the following targets: 80% of maximal kill (EC80), bacteriostasis, and 1.0 and 2.0 log10 cfu/mL kill. We then performed 10 000 patient Monte Carlo simulations to identify the optimal dose for each of the exposure targets.
Tedizolid achieved the feat of 2.0 log10 cfu/mL kill below initial bacterial burden, an effect not seen before in this model with other antibiotics. The tedizolid exposure associated with 1.0 log10 cfu/mL kill was a non-protein bound AUC0–24/MIC ratio of 23.46, while that associated with 2.0 log10 cfu/mL kill was 37.50, and the EC80 was 21.71. The clinical dose of 200 mg achieved each of these targets in ∼100% of the 10 000 patients, except the 2.0 log10 cfu/mL kill which required 300 mg/day. A tedizolid susceptibility MIC breakpoint of 1 mg/L is proposed.
Tedizolid, at standard clinical doses, is expected to be bactericidal, and even achieved an unprecedented 2.0 log10 cfu/mL kill of MAC as monotherapy. We propose it as the backbone of short-course anti-MAC chemotherapy.