Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 153–160 | Cite as

Teicoplanin in perspective

A critical comparison with vancomycin
  • R. Janknegt


Teicoplanin is a new glycopeptide antibiotic with a chemical structure related to vancomycin. The proposed advantages of teicoplanin over vancomycin are discussed. These include lower incidence of side-effects, lower toxicity (especially in combination with aminoglycosides), lower dosage frequency and the possibility of intramuscular administration. There is only a limited number of studies comparing both agents; more studies are still needed before firm conclusions can be drawn. Therapeutic drug monitoring is not usually necessary for teicoplanin; the situation is not clear for vancomycin. There is some doubt whether the incidence of resistance is as infrequent for teicoplanin as it is for vancomycin. Teicoplanin appears to be a promising alternative to vancomycin, but more data are needed on the relative clinical efficacy and the development of resistance to both drugs.


Bacteriology Clinical trials Cost and cost analysis Drug administration Drug resistance Side-effects Teicoplanin Therapeutic drug monitoring Vancomycin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Janknegt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical PharmacyMaasland HospitalMB SittardThe Netherlands

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