Population Pharmacokinetic Models of Vancomycin in Paediatric Patients: A Systematic Review.

Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Erin ChungWinnie Seto


Vancomycin is commonly used to treat gram-positive bacterial infections in the paediatric population, but dosing can be challenging. Population pharmacokinetic (popPK) modelling can improve individualization of dosing regimens. The primary objective of this study was to describe popPK models of vancomycin and factors that influence pharmacokinetic (PK) variability in paediatric patients. Systematic searches were conducted in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, EMBASE, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts and the grey literature without language or publication status restrictions from inception to 17 August 2020. Observational studies that described the development of popPK models of vancomycin in paediatric patients (< 18 years of age) were included. Risk of bias was assessed using the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Study Quality Assessment Tool for Case Series Studies. Sixty-four observational studies (1 randomized controlled trial, 13 prospective studies and 50 retrospective studies of 9019 patients with at least 25,769 serum vancomycin concentrations) were included. The mean age was 2.5 years (range 1 day-18 years), serum creatinine was 47.1 ± 33.6 µmol/L, and estimated creatinine clearan...Continue Reading


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