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Fidaxomicin to Prevent Clostridium Difficile Colonization

Information source: Washington University School of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 20, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Clostridium Difficile Infection

Intervention: Fidaxomicin (Drug); Placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Withdrawn

Sponsored by: Washington University School of Medicine


The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an antibiotic called fidaxomicin in preventing C. difficile infection.

Clinical Details

Official title: The Effect of a Twice Daily, 200 mg Dose of Oral Fidaxomicin Compared to Placebo on Risk of Acquiring C. Difficile and Developing C. Difficile Infection (CDI) in High Risk Patients

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Primary outcome: Clostridium difficile

Detailed description: A novel approach to prevent C. difficile infection is to use compounds with activity against C. difficile as primary prophylaxis in high risk patients. Chemoprophylaxis theoretically can prevent C. difficile infection by two mechanisms. It may reduce transmission from asymptomatic C. difficile carriers by reducing the number of spores shed in the stool and prevent replication and subsequent toxin production of the organisms in patients at risk for C. difficile infection.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- ≥ 18 years old

- On broad spectrum antimicrobials

- Anticipated length of stay of > 48 hours after enrollment

- A non-ICU inpatient

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pregnant

- Expected to die within 7 days

- Have previously been enrolled in this trial or a trial of an investigational agent to

treat CDI, and/or are on monotherapy with an antimicrobial generally considered not to increase the risk of CDI (vanc, macrolides, tetracyclines, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, aminoglycosides, colistin, linezolid, nitrofurantoin, metronidazole)

Locations and Contacts

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, United States
Additional Information

Related publications:

Belmares J, Johnson S, Parada JP, Olson MM, Clabots CR, Bettin KM, Peterson LR, Gerding DN. Molecular epidemiology of Clostridium difficile over the course of 10 years in a tertiary care hospital. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Oct 15;49(8):1141-7. doi: 10.1086/605638.

Dubberke ER. The A, B, BI, and Cs of Clostridium difficile. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Oct 15;49(8):1148-52. doi: 10.1086/605639.

Bobo LD, Dubberke ER. Recognition and prevention of hospital-associated enteric infections in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2010 Aug;38(8 Suppl):S324-34. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181e69f05. Review.

Dubberke ER, Butler AM, Hota B, Khan YM, Mangino JE, Mayer J, Popovich KJ, Stevenson KB, Yokoe DS, McDonald LC, Jernigan J, Fraser VJ; Prevention Epicenters Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Multicenter study of the impact of community-onset Clostridium difficile infection on surveillance for C. difficile infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Jun;30(6):518-25. doi: 10.1086/597380.

Dubberke ER, Butler AM, Reske KA, Agniel D, Olsen MA, D'Angelo G, McDonald LC, Fraser VJ. Attributable outcomes of endemic Clostridium difficile-associated disease in nonsurgical patients. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Jul;14(7):1031-8. doi: 10.3201/eid1407.070867.

Dubberke ER, Butler AM, Yokoe DS, Mayer J, Hota B, Mangino JE, Khan YM, Popovich KJ, Stevenson KB, McDonald LC, Olsen MA, Fraser VJ; Prevention Epicenters Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Multicenter study of surveillance for hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection by the use of ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Mar;31(3):262-8. doi: 10.1086/650447.

Dubberke ER, Gerding DN, Classen D, Arias KM, Podgorny K, Anderson DJ, Burstin H, Calfee DP, Coffin SE, Fraser V, Griffin FA, Gross P, Kaye KS, Klompas M, Lo E, Marschall J, Mermel LA, Nicolle L, Pegues DA, Perl TM, Saint S, Salgado CD, Weinstein RA, Wise R, Yokoe DS. Strategies to prevent clostridium difficile infections in acute care hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008 Oct;29 Suppl 1:S81-92. doi: 10.1086/591065.

Dubberke ER, McMullen KM, Mayfield JL, Reske KA, Georgantopoulos P, Warren DK, Fraser VJ. Hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infection: is it necessary to track community-onset disease? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Apr;30(4):332-7. doi: 10.1086/596604.

Dubberke ER, Reske KA, Noble-Wang J, Thompson A, Killgore G, Mayfield J, Camins B, Woeltje K, McDonald JR, McDonald LC, Fraser VJ. Prevalence of Clostridium difficile environmental contamination and strain variability in multiple health care facilities. Am J Infect Control. 2007 Jun;35(5):315-8.

Dubberke ER, Reske KA, Olsen MA, McMullen KM, Mayfield JL, McDonald LC, Fraser VJ. Evaluation of Clostridium difficile-associated disease pressure as a risk factor for C difficile-associated disease. Arch Intern Med. 2007 May 28;167(10):1092-7.

Dubberke ER, Wertheimer AI. Review of current literature on the economic burden of Clostridium difficile infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Jan;30(1):57-66. doi: 10.1086/592981. Review.

Louie T, Miller M, Donskey C, Mullane K, Goldstein EJ. Clinical outcomes, safety, and pharmacokinetics of OPT-80 in a phase 2 trial with patients with Clostridium difficile infection. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2009 Jan;53(1):223-8. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01442-07. Epub 2008 Oct 27.

Louie TJ, Miller MA, Mullane KM, Weiss K, Lentnek A, Golan Y, Gorbach S, Sears P, Shue YK; OPT-80-003 Clinical Study Group. Fidaxomicin versus vancomycin for Clostridium difficile infection. N Engl J Med. 2011 Feb 3;364(5):422-31. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa0910812.

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