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Levofloxacin prophylaxis in ALL, AML

Alexander S, et al. JAMA. 2018;320(10):995-1004

Key clinical point: Levofloxacin prophylaxis significantly reduced bacteremia in children with acute leukemias undergoing intensive chemotherapy, but not in children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT).

Major finding: Bacteremia likelihood was 21.9% versus 43.4% for prophylaxis and no prophylaxis, respectively, in the acute leukemias group (P = 0.001), and 11.0% versus 17.3% in the HSCT group (P = 0.06).

Study details: A randomized phase 3 clinical trial, including 200 patients with acute leukemias and 424 patients undergoing HSCT.

Disclosures: The research was supported by grants from the Community Clinical Oncology Program and National Cancer Institute. Study authors reported disclosures related to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chimerix, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and the Children’s Oncology Group.

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Alexander S, et al. JAMA. 2018;320(10):995-1004.

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