Catalog Home Page

Maternal-amniotic-fetal distribution of macrolide antibiotics following intravenous, intramuscular, and intraamniotic administration in late pregnant sheep

Keelan, J.A., Nitsos, I., Saito, M., Musk, G.C., Kemp, M.W., Timmins, M., Li, S., Yaegashi, N. and Newnham, J.P. (2011) Maternal-amniotic-fetal distribution of macrolide antibiotics following intravenous, intramuscular, and intraamniotic administration in late pregnant sheep. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 204 (6). 546.e10-546.e17.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2011.02.035
*Subscription may be required

Abstract

Objective: The objective of the study was to explore the maternal-fetal pharmacokinetics of intraamniotic (IA), intravenous (IV), or intramuscular (IM) administration of erythromycin or azithromycin in a pregnant sheep model. Study Design: Pregnant ewes of 115-121 days' gestation received a single maternal IV infusion (5 mg/kg over 60 min), a single IM injection, or a single IA injection (3.2 mg/kg fetal weight) of either erythromycin lactobionate or azithromycin. Maternal/fetal blood and amniotic fluid (AF) samples were collected across 48 h for macrolide assay by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry. Results: Maternal administration achieved therapeutic maternal plasma macrolide concentrations (<0.5 μg/mL) with low concentrations in AF equivalent to less than 7% transfer; fetal plasma levels were even lower (<1.5% transfer). The IA administration achieved therapeutic concentrations in AF and sustained for 48 h, with poor maternal-fetal transfer (<1% maternal, <0.3% fetal). Modest pharmacokinetic differences were evident between erythromycin and azithromycin. Conclusion: Maternal macrolide administration achieves subtherapeutic concentrations in AF or fetal plasma, whereas a single IA injection achieves therapeutic concentrations in AF but not in maternal-fetal circulations. Combined maternal and single IA administration of macrolides may be a more effective regimen for treatment of intrauterine, but not fetal, infection.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Mosby Inc
Copyright: © 2011 Mosby, Inc.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/7581
Item Control Page