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An Optimal Approach for Fluoroquinolone Garenoxacin Prophylaxis in Patients with Hematological Malignancies and Chemotherapy-induced Neutropenia

Mushino T1#, Hanaoka N1,2*,#, Murata S1, Kuriyama K1, Hosoi H1, Nishikawa A1, Tamura S1, Nakakuma H1,2 and Sonoki T1

1Department of Hematology/Oncology, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan

2Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima Tokushukai Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan

#Mushino T and Hanaoka N contributed equally.

*Corresponding Author:
Hanaoka N
Department of Hematology/Oncology
Wakayama Medical University
811-1 Kimiidera, Wakayama 641-8510, Japan
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Received Date: March 21, 2017; Accepted Date: April 10, 2017; Published Date: April 12, 2017

Citation: Mushino T, Hanaoka N, Murata S, Kuriyama K, Hosoi H, et al. (2017) An Optimal Approach for Fluoroquinolone Garenoxacin Prophylaxis in Patients with Hematological Malignancies and Chemotherapy-induced Neutropenia. J Blood Lymph 7: 161. doi: 10.4172/2165-7831.1000161

Copyright: © 2017 Mushino T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Antibiotic prophylaxis such as that with fluoroquinolone reportedly reduces infectious episodes in patients receiving chemotherapy regimens with the risk of febrile neutropenia. However, optimum patient characteristics, the timing of initiation, and antibiotics for prophylactic treatments have yet to be identified. We herein conducted a single-arm monocenter clinical study to elucidate the therapeutic profiles of fluoroquinolone garenoxacin prophylaxis for patients with hematological malignancies (HMs). Fever was not present for the duration of chemotherapyinduced neutropenia in 29 (43.9%) out of 66 patients. A shorter duration of prophylaxis until chemotherapy-induced neutropenia had a more potent effect on delaying febrile episodes, even in patients with fever. Excessive neutropenia (minimum zero neutrophils/l) negatively affected prophylactic effects. Garenoxacin accounted for 4.5% of the minor adverse events observed such as mild renal damage and skin reactions. Therefore, the study suggests that the initiation of garenoxacin prophylaxis from the introduction of neutropenia could be an effectual strategy for preventing chemotherapy-induced febrile episodes in HM patients with moderate neutropenia.


Prophylaxis; Fluoroquinolone; Garenoxacin; Febrile Neutropenia; Hematological Malignancies


Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia allows bacterial infections to develop into severe systemic infections, resulting in interruptions in chemotherapy treatments with a higher risk of cancer relapse and mortality [1-3]. Therefore, the prevention and control of infection is crucial for the successful treatment of patients with hematological malignancies (HMs). The advent of new anti-infective drugs has led to improvements in intractable infectious complications [4,5], but not to reductions in the frequency of infections [6,7]. Then, we found that infection rates were significantly lower in cancer patients prophylactically treated with antibiotics such as trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole and oral quinolones than in placebo recipients [8,9]. However, routine antibiotic prophylaxis is not recommended for all patients with anticipated prolonged and severe neutropenia due to some associated disadvantages including drug-related adverse reactions, increased medical expenses, and the development of antibiotic resistance [8,10,11]. In current practice guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), B-I and category 2A prophylaxis, respectively, is recommended for limited patients undergoing chemotherapy with anticipated <0.1×109 neutrophils/l lasting more than 7 days. Thus, optimum patient characteristics, the timing of initiation, and antibiotics, which may be used as prophylactic treatments, have yet to be identified.

Garenoxacin, a novel des-F (6)-quinolone, has only been approved in Japan. It exhibits activity against a wider range of organisms including traditional quinolone-resistant strains and is mainly excreted in bile [12-14], which suggests drug-favorable access to the intestines permitting chemotherapy-induced bacterial translocation.

We herein elucidated the therapeutic profiles of prophylaxis with garenoxacin in patients with HMs and chemotherapy-induced neutropenia and also considered a realistic strategy against prophylaxis with fluoroquinolone including garenoxacin for practical physicians.

Patients and Methods


Ninety-five adult patients with HMs such as leukemia, malignant lymphoma, and myeloma between June 2011 and April 2013 in our institute participated in the present study. Patient enrollment is shown in Figure 1. The characteristics of 66 patients (32 men and 34 women; mean age 54 (range, 19-77) years) whose responses to therapy were assessable are provided in Table 1.


Figure 1: Patient enrollment.

Age-year (n)    
Mean 53.7  
Range 19-77  
Sex (%)    
Male 32 -48.50%
Female 34 -51.50%
Underlying disease (n) (%)    
Acute leukemia 23 -34.80%
Malignant lymphoma 37 -56.10%
Multiple myeloma 5 -7.60%
Other 1 -1.50%
Treatment(n) (%)    
Allogeneic SCT 7 -10.60%
Induction and reinduction 6 -9.10%
Autologous SCT and consolidation 30 -45.50%
Lymphoma 23 -34.80%
Antifungal prophylaxis(n) (%) 66 -100.00%
G-CSF(n) (%) 49 -74.20%
Gamma Globulin-no. (%) 32 -48.50%
Duration of Hospitalization-days    
Mean 33.8  
Range 15-179  
Median 27  
Duration of Prophylaxis-days    
Mean 24.7  
Range Nov-56  
Median 22  
Febrile episodes 37 -56.10%
Febrile Duration    
(Once 38.5°C ≤ or twice 38.0°C ≤)-days
Mean 9  
Range Jan-44  
Median 6  
Median 27  

Table 1: Patient characteristics and outcomes.

Study design

The present study was designed as a single-arm, monocenter study and was approved by the Institutional Review Board at Wakayama Medical University. The study procedures conformed to the Helsinki Declaration, and informed consent was obtained from all patients. Patients with neutropenia (<1.0 × 109/L) lasting more than 7 days received garenoxacin (400 mg daily) until neutrophil numbers recovered in accordance with a levofloxacin study [8]. Patients were examined daily for the clinical signs of infection including axillary temperature. We defined a fever event as exceeding 38.5°C once or 38°C at least twice during a period of 12 h [8]. When an infection was suspected, blood specimens and cultures of infection-suspected sites were obtained for microbiological cultures and empirical antibacterial therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotics was intravenously initiated. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factors were prescribed empirically at the typical doses for limited patients with lymphoid malignancies and undergoing stem cell transplantation. Medical staff ensured proper medication adherence.

Statistical analysis

Fever-free survival was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. The Mann-Whitney U test was used to determine significance levels when comparing two groups. Febrile episodes due to differences in neutrophil and leukocyte counts were compared by the chi-squared test. P values less than 0.05 were considered significant.


The mean duration of the treatment with garenoxacin was 24.7 (range, 11-56) days (Table 1). Of the 66 patients with HMs and chemotherapy-induced neutropenia who received prophylactic garenoxacin, 29 (43.9%) remained afebrile until neutrophil numbers recovered (Figure 2 and Table 1). The median duration of febrile neutropenia was 6 (range, 1-44) days while the mean durations of neutropenia and hospitalization were 16.4 (range, 7-47) and 33.8 (range, 15-179) days, respectively (Table 1). When examined more closely, patients receiving garenoxacin prophylaxis with excessive neutropenia (zero neutrophils) were virtually febrile (Table 2). The incidence of chemotherapy-associated neutropenic fever was significantly lower (77.8% to 22.2%; p<0.05) in patients receiving garenoxacin prophylaxis whose leukocytes decreased to between 0.5 and 1×109/L (Table 2). In addition, a shorter duration of prophylaxis until chemotherapy-induced neutropenia had a more potent effect on delaying febrile episodes, even in patients with fever (Figure 3). On the basis of the 2010 Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines, no significant differences were observed in the endpoint incidence of febrile neutropenia between the high and low risk groups; 7 out of 13 patients (53.8%) and 30 out of 53 patients (56.6%), respectively (Table 2). No infection-related death occurred in any of the patients who participated in this study. Of note, the incidence of fluoroquinoloneresistant stain showed a slight decrease while the prophylactic use of levofloxacin, which had been prevailed in our unit, was avoided during the present study (Figure 4). There were 6 cases of bacteremia (9.1%) due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus epidermidis, and 4 Gram-negative bacilli. Eighty-three percent of these receiving garenoxacin prophylaxis were resistant to fluoroquinolone (5 of 6). Three adverse events were observed that were suspected to be related to garenoxacin: two patients with mild renal damage (grade 1 and 2 impairments) and one with a skin reaction; however, these did not interrupt garenoxacin prophylaxis.

  Febrile Afebrile p
(n=37) (n=29)
Minimum neutrophil count (´ 109/L)          
>Zero 10 34.50% 19 65.50% <0.05
 =Zero 27 73.00% 10 27.00% <0.05
Minimum leukocyte count (´ 109/L)          
 ≤0.1 23 71.90% 9 28.10%  
 0.1-0.2 5 71.40% 2 28.60%  
 0.2-0.3 3 37.50% 5 62.50%  
 0.3-0.4 3 50.00% 3 50.00%  
 0.4-0.5 1 25.00% 3 75.00%  
 0.5≤ 2 22.20% 7 77.80% <0.05
Risk groups          
Very high 5 71.40% 2 28.60%  
High 2 33.30% 4 66.70%  
Intermediate 19 63.30% 11 36.70%  
Low 11 47.80% 12 52.20%  

Table 2: Febrile episodes involved in neutrophil and leukocyte counts and risk groups.


Figure 2: Kaplan-Meier estimates of fever-free survival.


Figure 3: Prophylaxis and afebrile duration in febrile patients with neutropenia.


Figure 4: Chronological observation of levofloxacin sensitivity for Escherichia coli based on the Antibiogram of our unit.


Garenoxacin prophylaxis was tolerated well and fever developed in 56.1% of patients receiving prophylaxis in the present study. Among the risk classifications, no significant differences in patient outcomes were observed in the neutrophil counts of patients. On the other hand, a previous study reported that 85% of patients with no antibacterial prophylaxis presented with fever during neutropenia [8]. Based on the present results and these findings, garenoxacin appears to be an antibiotic candidate that may be prophylactically used for fever prevention in a similar manner to levofloxacin. Garenoxacin has only been clinically used and studied in Japan [15] and will be readily available globally. The monocenter single-arm design of the present study also permitted the assessment of patient selection bias in the prophylactic treatment. A randomized-control trial to examine the potential of preventing fever through the prophylactic use of garenoxacin is warranted.

Patients with excessively severe neutropenia (a nadir neutrophil of zero per cubic millimeter) were significantly febrile regardless of prophylaxis in the present study. This result, in contrast to the recommendations of influential practice guidelines, suggests that the prompt administration of an empirical antibiotic or prophylaxis with another fluoroquinolone instead of garenoxacin may result in a good outcome for these patients. Therefore, it is conceivable that neutrophils assume a vital role in reducing infection and enhancing antibiotic effects.

On the other hand, a prolonged and single exposure to antibiotics often permits the outbreak of antibiotic-resistant organisms [8-11,16]. A total of 9.1% of patients receiving the prophylactic garenoxacin had microbiologically documented bacteremia in the present study. Of these, 4.5% had Gram-negative bacilli while 3.0% had Grampositive cocci. A total of 4% and 11% of patients receiving prophylactic levofloxacin, which we had exclusively used prior to this study, had Gram-negative bacilli and Gram-positive cocci, respectively [8], which appears to be in part attributable to the novel agent garenoxacin exhibiting higher activity against Gram-positive strains. Clinically documented infections were virtually all fluoroquinolone-resistant organisms. Fluoroquinolone resistance showed a potentially reversible phenomenon after the avoidance of levofloxacin prophylaxis in our study, thereby supporting the efficacy of prophylactic fluoroquinolone heterogeneity for preventing the outbreak of antibiotic resistance [16].

The optimal use of antibiotic prophylaxis would be proposed on the basis of this study in which fluoroquinolones including garenoxacin are prophylactically administered to HM patients from a decline in neutrophils, allowing heterogeneous antibiotic use along with levofloxacin for the prevention of fluoroquinolone resistance in prophylaxis. Indeed, when focusing simply on the timing of fluoroquinolone prophylaxis in published studies [9], the patients starting fluoroquinolone prophylaxis from a decline in neutrophils often have a low incidence of febrile neutropenia. In addition, it may be better to stop prophylaxis after a zero neutrophil count or the recovery of neutrophil numbers in order to achieve a more streamlined process and cost savings. An assessment of clinical outcomes in a large global population trial is required.

Therefore, the results of the present study provide an insight into the potency of garenoxacin for prophylaxis, and may influence the successful treatment of HM patients with chemotherapy-induced moderate neutropenia.

Author Contributions

TM and NH designed and performed the research, analyzed the data, and wrote the manuscript. SM, K.K, HH, AN and ST analyzed the clinical data. HN and TS supervised the project.


This work was supported by grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan, the Ministry of Labor and Welfare of Japan.

Conflict of Interest Statement

No conflicts of interest are declared.


The authors thank Kazuo Hatanaka of the Osaka Red Cross Hospital, and Miwa Kurimoto of the National Hospital Organization Disaster Medical Center for their critical discussions.


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