Infectious Diseases and Therapy

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 353–361 | Cite as

Single-Dose Oritavancin Treatment of Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections: SOLO Trial Efficacy by Eron Severity and Management Setting

  • Daniel H. DeckEmail author
  • Jennifer M. JordanEmail author
  • Thomas L. Holland
  • Weihong Fan
  • Matthew A. Wikler
  • Katherine A. Sulham
  • G. Ralph Corey
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Original Research



Introduction of new antibiotics enabling single-dose administration, such as oritavancin may significantly impact site of care decisions for patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). This analysis compared the efficacy of single-dose oritavancin with multiple-dose vancomycin in patients categorized according to disease severity via modified Eron classification and management setting.


SOLO I and II were phase 3 studies evaluating single-dose oritavancin versus 7–10 days of vancomycin for treatment of ABSSSI. Patient characteristics were collected at baseline and retrospectively analyzed. Study protocols were amended, allowing outpatient management at the discretion of investigators. In this post hoc analysis, patients were categorized according to a modified Eron severity classification and management setting (outpatient vs. inpatient) and the efficacy compared.


Overall, 1910 patients in the SOLO trials were categorized into Class I (520, 26.5%), II (790, 40.3%), and III (600, 30.6%). Of the 767 patients (40%) in the SOLO trials who were managed entirely in the outpatient setting 40.3% were categorized as Class II and 30.6% were Class III. Clinical efficacy was similar between oritavancin and vancomycin treatment groups, regardless of severity classification and across inpatient and outpatient settings. Class III patients had lower response rates (oritavancin 73.3%, vancomycin 76.6%) at early clinical evaluation when compared to patients in Class I (82.6%) or II (86.1%); however, clinical cure rates at the post-therapy evaluation were similar for Class III patients (oritavancin 79.8%, vancomycin 79.9%) when compared to Class I and II patients (79.1–85.7%).


Single-dose oritavancin therapy results in efficacy comparable to multiple-dose vancomycin in patients categorized according to modified Eron disease severity classification regardless of whether management occurred in the inpatient or outpatient setting.


The Medicines Company, Parsippany, NJ, USA.

Trial registration identifiers, NCT01252719 (SOLO I) and NCT01252732 (SOLO II).


Acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) Eron classification Oritavancin Outpatient 


Oritavancin is a lipoglycopeptide antibiotic approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for use as a single-dose treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). Approvals were based on results from two identical Phase 3 clinical trials (SOLO I and II; identifiers, NCT01252719 and NCT01252732, respectively) of a single intravenous (IV) dose of oritavancin compared to multiple-dose vancomycin administered IV for 7–10 days [1, 2]. Both clinical trials demonstrated that a single-dose of oritavancin was non-inferior to multiple-day vancomycin therapy. Since a full course of therapy is delivered in a single IV dose, oritavancin has the potential to shift the treatment of ABSSSI to the outpatient setting without compromising efficacy and without the need for laboratory monitoring (as is required with vancomycin) or an indwelling IV catheter [3]. This approach can affect how ABSSSI is managed, by reducing or in some cases eliminating costs and risks of hospitalization.

Shifting the care of ABSSSI to the outpatient setting requires appropriate patient selection based on severity of illness and patient-specific comorbidities that may impact treatment outcomes or require a higher level of care. Evidence-based treatment guidelines or pathways of care are increasingly used to select the most appropriate treatment, including site of care decisions. Although skin and skin structure infections are extremely common, there is a lack of validated evidence-based schemes for the classification of clinical presentation, disease severity, impact of comorbidities, and site of care. Several classification systems and treatment algorithms have been published in recent years in attempts to identify which patients should be treated as inpatients versus outpatients, the route of antibiotic administration, and antibiotic choice [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. The Eron classification was developed by an expert panel of clinicians and researchers to categorize severity to guide initial site of care decisions for patients with skin and soft tissue infections [5]. In the Eron classification, patients are grouped into four categories of ascending severity according to signs and symptoms of infection and comorbidities. Class I patients have no signs or symptoms of systemic toxicity, have no uncontrolled comorbidities that may complicate treatment and usually can be managed on an outpatient basis. Class II patients are either systemically ill, but any comorbidities they may have are stable, or are systemically well but have one or more comorbidities. Class III patients may appear toxic, or they may appear nontoxic but have unstable comorbidities that may interfere with their response to therapy. Class III patients usually require initial inpatient treatment but many can be quickly discharged on outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) or oral therapy. Class IV patients have sepsis syndrome or serious life-threatening infections (e.g., necrotizing fasciitis) and should be admitted for stabilization. The Eron classification has since been adapted by the Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team (CREST) into the ‘Guidelines on the Management of Cellulitis in Adults’ (CREST guidelines) which are used widely in the UK [6].

In view of the potential for outpatient management of a substantial number of patients, a clinical algorithm derived from the Eron classification was used for a post hoc analysis to evaluate patients enrolled in the SOLO trials. Clinical efficacy of the single-dose of oritavancin was compared to multiple-dose vancomycin based on the modified Eron classification and setting of care.


SOLO I and II were two identical, phase 3, multi-center, randomized, double-blind studies that compared the efficacy and safety of a single 1200 mg dose of IV oritavancin to vancomycin 1 g IV twice daily for 7–10 days in adults with ABSSSI [1, 2]. Patients randomized to oritavancin received placebo infusions twice daily to maintain treatment blinding. The SOLO I and SOLO II protocols were amended during the trials to allow patients to be managed in the outpatient setting at the discretion of the investigator. The SOLO trials study design was consistent with current regulatory guidelines for eligibility criteria, end points, assessment methods and non-inferiority margins.

Eligible patients were at least 18 years of age and had received a diagnosis of ABSSSI that was suspected or proven to be caused by a Gram-positive pathogen and that required at least 7 days of IV therapy. The diagnosis of ABSSSI required the presence of wound infection (either traumatic or surgical in origin), cellulitis, or a major cutaneous abscess, with each lesion surrounded by erythema, edema, or an area of induration of at least 75 cm2. Signs and symptoms of systemic inflammation were also required. Patients were not eligible to participate if they received systemic or topical antibacterial therapy with Gram-positive activity within the preceding 14 days unless the documented failure to previous therapy was available. Patients were excluded if they had suspected or confirmed bacteremia, severe sepsis or refractory shock, or any evolving, necrotizing infection (i.e., necrotizing fasciitis).

Clinical evaluations were performed at: (1) early clinical evaluation (ECE) 48–72 h after the initiation of the therapy; (2) the end of therapy (EOT) from Day 7 to Day 10; (3) Day 10 evaluation; (4) post-therapy evaluation (PTE) in 7–14 days after the EOT; (5) safety follow-up at 60 days (+7 days; Fig. 1). The primary efficacy endpoint was a composite outcome at ECE comprised (1) cessation of spreading or reduction in the size of the baseline lesion, (2) absence of fever, and (3) no rescue antibiotic medication. The key secondary endpoint was investigator-assessed clinical cure at PTE. The additional main secondary efficacy outcome was lesion size decrease by ≥20% from baseline at ECE.
Fig. 1

SOLO study design (n = 1959, mITT population). ECE early clinical evaluation (48–72 h from treatment initiation), EMA European Medicines Agency, FDA Food and Drug Administration, hrs hours, IV intravenous, mITT modified intent-to-treat, PTE post-therapy evaluation (7–14 days after the end of therapy), Q every

An algorithm based on the Eron classification was developed and applied to the modified intent-to-treat (mITT) pool of SOLO patients to classify each patient enrolled in the pooled dataset from the SOLO trials. The algorithm incorporated signs and symptoms of systemic illness in addition to concomitant medical conditions which have been implicated in poor therapeutic response (advanced age, chronic liver or renal disease, diabetes, obesity, chronic venous insufficiency) that were recorded in the case reports for each patient [6, 10]. Clinical variables included data collected in the SOLO trials, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and input from clinical experts. The clinical criteria are described in Table 1. Patients were classified into Class I–IV based on the presence of comorbidities and systemic symptoms of infection. Stratification criteria and assignment of patients to a modified Eron class were performed by expert consensus within a panel of seven advisors. Patients categorized as Class IV (bacteremia or absolute neutrophil count less than 500 detected after enrollment) were excluded from this analysis as they were not considered appropriate for outpatient management. Location of care in the outpatient or inpatient setting and all follow-up visits were documented in the case report form.
Table 1

Clinical criteria used to define modified Eron Classes I–IV

Eron class

Clinical criteria


Bacteremia (positive blood culture); or

Absolute total neutrophils count <500


Meeting SIRS criteria

CrCl <20 mL/min or on dialysis

ALT/AST >10-times ULN

Heart rate >90/min, breath rate >20/min, or systolic BP <90 mmHg; or



Age ≥75 years old

Glucose >11.1 mmol/L

Congestive heart failure at the randomization

30 mL/min < CrCl <60 mL/min

Hepatitis (excluding AST/ALT >10-times ULN)

Peripheral vascular disease

Diabetes mellitus

Fever (temperature >38.0 °C); or

BMI ≥30 kg/m2


For the patients who didn’t meet Classes II–IV

ALT alanine transaminase, AST aspartate transaminase, BMI body mass index, BP blood pressure, CrCl creatinine clearance, SIRS systemic inflammatory response syndrome, ULN upper limit of normal

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964, as revised in 2013. Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the SOLO trials. This article is based on previously conducted studies, and does not involve any new studies of human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

Statistical Analysis

Discrete variables were summarized as frequencies and percentages. Continuous variables were summarized as means with standard deviations (SD). Efficacy outcomes of oritavancin and vancomycin therapy according to modified Eron classification and receipt of treatment in the outpatient or inpatient setting were presented as percentages, differences and two-sided 95% confidence intervals (CI) and compared using Chi-square testing between two treatment groups. The alpha level of significance was set to 0.05. All p values being presented were two-sided. This was a post hoc exploratory analysis that was not powered for statistical inference. All analyses were conducted using SAS version 9.2 (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA).


Of the 1959 mITT patients in the SOLO studies, 520 (26.5%), 790 (40.3%), and 600 (30.6%) were categorized into Class I, II, and III, respectively (Table 2). The 49 patients categorized into Class IV were excluded from this analysis since initial inpatient management would generally be considered standard of care for patients with bacteremia and/or neutropenia. A majority of the patients in the SOLO trials had significant comorbidities and/or systemic symptoms of infection as 70.9% of patients were categorized as Class II or III. Demographics and baseline characteristics were different across Class I–III (Table 3). Patients in Class I, had a lower incidence of comorbidities (diabetes, renal insufficiency or hepatic conditions), were younger, and had lower body mass index and smaller mean lesion size. Mean lesion size increased with severity classification. In comparison to Class I and II patients, a greater percentage of Class III patients were diagnosed with cellulitis. Of Class III patients, 55.5% met systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria (presence of two or more systemic signs of infection).
Table 2

Distribution of SOLO patients in modified Eron Classes I–III (mITT population, n = 1959)


Class I

Class II

Class III

Total (Class I–III)

SOLO mITT (n = 1959)

520 (26.5%)

790 (40.3%)

600 (30.6%)


Inpatients, n (%)

301 (57.9%)

431 (54.6%)

411 (68.5%)


ORI, n





VAN, n





Outpatients, n (%)

219 (42.1%)

359 (45.4%)

189 (31.5%)

767 (40.2%)

ORI, n





VAN, n





mITT modified intent-to-treat, ORI oritavancin, VAN vancomycin

Table 3

Demographics and baseline characteristics by classification (mITT population)


Class I (N = 520)

Class II (N = 790)

Class III (N = 600)

Age, years (mean ± SD)

40.1 ± 13.6

47.8 ± 13.2

45.4 ± 14.6









BMI, kg/m2 (mean ± SD)

24.0 ± 3.3

29.9 ± 8.4

28.2 ± 8.6

Disease condition





 Major cutaneous abscess




 Wound infection




Lesion size, cm2 (mean ± SD)

325.7 ± 317.8

418.0 ± 471.1

466.7 ± 479.1

Days from infection onset to treatment start

4.3 ± 2.1

4.4 ± 2.9

4.4 ± 2.4

Meeting SIRS criteria




Confirmed MRSA




Medical history

 Diabetes mellitus




 Intravenous drug use




 Hepatitis/other hepatic condition




 Renal insufficiency




SIRS was defined as two or more of the following criteria: Temperature >38 °C, pulse >90 bpm, respiratory rate >20 breaths per minute, white blood cell count >12,000/mm3, or <4000 or >10% bandemia

BMI body mass index, mITT modified intent-to-treat, MRSA methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, SD standard deviation, SIRS systemic inflammatory response syndrome

Overall 40% (n = 767) of all patients in the SOLO trials were managed as outpatients. The percentages of patients treated entirely at an outpatient setting were 42.1%, 45.4%, and 31.5% in Class I, II, and III patients, respectively (Table 2). Of the patients who were enrolled in the United States, 73% were managed in the outpatient setting and of those, 71% were Class II–III, which is similar to the overall study population. The combined efficacy for both drugs using the primary endpoint of clinical response at ECE for outpatients versus inpatients in Class I patients was 79% vs. 88.7%, Class II patients 82.7% vs. 84.7%, and 73% vs. 75.9% in Class III patients, respectively.

Within each Class (I–III), patients receiving oritavancin experienced similar clinical efficacy as those receiving vancomycin for the primary composite ECE outcome, lesion size reduction at ECE, and clinical cure at PTE. Treatment outcomes for oritavancin and vancomycin were also similar within each class when patients were analyzed by inpatient or outpatient management setting (Fig. 2). Response rates at ECE for patients in Class III (75.0%) were lower than those observed with patients in Class I (84.6%, P < 0.001) and Class II (83.8%, P < 0.001). However, at PTE the response rates did not differ between Class III (79.1%) and Class I (82.3%, P = 0.293) or Class II (81.1%, P = 0.542).
Fig. 2

Primary and secondary endpoints by classification and treatment (mITT population). CI confidence interval, ECE early clinical evaluation (48–72 h from treatment initiation), IPAT inpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, mITT modified intent-to-treat, OPAT outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, ORI oritavancin, PTE post-therapy evaluation (7–14 days after the end of therapy), VAN vancomycin


A clinical algorithm based on the Eron classification system that stratifies patients based on the presence of systemic symptoms of infection and comorbidities associated with poor outcomes was developed and applied to ABSSSI patients pooled from two randomized controlled clinical trials. In this post hoc analysis of the SOLO trials, Class I and II patients treated with a single-dose of oritavancin or vancomycin twice daily administered over 7–10 days had similar response rates if they were managed in the inpatient or outpatient settings. Results of this analysis suggest the majority of patients in Class I and II can be safely managed in the outpatient setting.

Class III patients in the SOLO trials had numerically lower responses to both drugs at ECE (oritavancin 73.3%, vancomycin 76.6%) when compared to Class I–II patients (82.6–86.1%), although rates were similar between each drug and management settings. The response rates of Class III patients at PTE were approximately 80% (similar to rates in Eron Class I and II) in both vancomycin and oritavancin groups regardless of site of care. This suggests that Class III patients may have had a slower early treatment response but still achieved investigator defined clinical cure at rates similar to Class I–II patients. Of note, a smaller overall percentage (31.5%) of Class III patients was managed in the outpatient setting. This likely represents a more guarded approach to managing patients presenting with unstable comorbidities or SIRS criteria. A lower response rate in Class III patients using an endpoint of 30-day mortality has also been identified previously [9]. Patients presenting with SIRS criteria require close monitoring and management to ensure an adequate clinical response. This management may occur as an outpatient in an observation unit or as an inpatient. Patients with a rapid clinical response may be candidates for continued management in the outpatient setting once stabilized.

One limitation to this analysis is that while the Eron/CREST treatment guidelines provide an approach to patient stratification, they have not been rigorously validated by clinical studies. The Eron classification has been criticized for being ambiguous with respect to the patient characteristics in the different severity classifications as well as being difficult to translate into real world treatment protocols [7, 8]. However, the Eron classification incorporates several important patient factors and was shown in a retrospective analysis of Premier database that Eron Classes I–IV correlated with increasing Charlson Comorbidity Index score, proportion of inpatients, in-hospital mortality rate, length of hospital stay, cost per patient and the use of MRSA-active antibiotics [11].


The results demonstrate that single-dose oritavancin is an effective alternative to 7–10 days of IV vancomycin for the treatment of patients with ABSSSI within modified Eron Classes I–III. Management in the inpatient or outpatient setting was associated with comparable efficacy. Tools such as the Eron classification may be useful in the identification of patients with ABSSSI that could be managed in the outpatient setting, thereby avoiding hospitalization.



Sponsorship for this study and article processing charges was funded by The Medicines Company, Parsippany, NJ, USA. All named authors meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria for authorship for this manuscript, take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, and have given final approval to the version to be published. Editorial assistance in the preparation of this manuscript was provided by Mike Dudley, Greg Moeck, Mark Redell, and John Clegg of The Medicines Company.


Authors Daniel H. Deck, Jennifer M. Jordan, Weihong Fan, Matthew A. Wikler, and Katherine A. Sulham are employees of The Medicines Company. Thomas L. Holland has received payment as a consultant from The Medicines Company and Basilea. G. Ralph Corey has received payment for consultative work or speaking engagements for: Medtronic, The Medicines Company, Cerexa/Forest/Actavis, Theravance, Pfizer, Cempra, Cubist, GlaxoSmith Kline, DRI, Nabriva, Merck, Achaogen, Melinta, Motif, Bio2 Medical, Tetraphase, Arsanis, Contrafect, Cowen Group, Paratek, Bayer, SCPharma, and Basilia.

Compliance with Ethics Guidelines

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964, as revised in 2013. Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the SOLO trials. This article is based on previously conducted studies, and does not involve any new studies of human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel H. Deck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jennifer M. Jordan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas L. Holland
    • 2
  • Weihong Fan
    • 1
  • Matthew A. Wikler
    • 1
  • Katherine A. Sulham
    • 1
  • G. Ralph Corey
    • 2
  1. 1.The Medicines CompanyParsippanyUSA
  2. 2.Duke University HospitalDurhamUSA

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