Comparison of the in vitro antibacterial activity of Ramizol, fidaxomicin, vancomycin, and metronidazole against 100 clinical isolates of Clostridium difficile by broth microdilution
Pillar, Chris M
Shinabarger, Dean L
Boulos, Ramiz A
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Antibiotic drug development remains a major challenge with few candidates in clinical development. Ramizol, a first-in-class styrylbenzene antibiotic, is under development for the treatment of Clostridium difficile associated disease. Here, we investigate the in vitro antibacterial activity of Ramizol in comparison to fidaxomicin, vancomycin and metronidazole against 100 clinical isolates of C. difficile by the broth microdilution method. We show there is no apparent impact of ribotype, toxin-production, or resistance to fidaxomicin, vancomycin or metronidazole on the activity of Ramizol. Moreover, we show Ramizol has a narrower MIC range translating to potentially better control over the therapeutic dose. Together, these results support the further development of Ramizol for the treatment of C. difficile associated disease.
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