Mechanism Of Action
Azithromycin is a macrolide antibacterial drug. [SeeMicrobiology]
QTc interval prolongation was studied in a randomized, placebo-controlled parallel trial in 116 healthy subjects who received either chloroquine (1000 mg) alone or in combination with azithromycin (500 mg, 1000 mg, and 1500 mg once daily). Co-administration of azithromycin increased the QTc interval in a dose-and concentration-dependent manner. In comparison to chloroquine alone, the maximum mean (95% upper confidence bound) increases in QTcF were 5 (10) ms, 7 (12) ms and 9 (14) ms with the co-administration of 500 mg, 1000 mg and 1500 mg azithromycin, respectively.
Zmax is an extended-release microsphere formulation. Based on data obtained from studies evaluating the pharmacokinetics of azithromycin in healthy adult subjects a higher peak serum concentration (Cmax) and greater systemic exposure (AUC 0-24) of azithromycin are achieved on the day of dosing following a single 2 g dose of Zmax versus 1.5 g of azithromycin tablets administered over 3 days (500 mg/day) or 5 days (500 mg on day 1, 250 mg/day on days 2-5) [Table 2]. Consequently, due to these different pharmacokinetic profiles, Zmax is not interchangeable with azithromycin tablet 3-day and 5-day dosing regimens.
Table 2: Mean (SD) Pharmacokinetic Parameters for Azithromycin on Day 1 Following the Administration of a Single Dose of 2 g Zmax or 1.5 g of Azithromycin Tablets Given over 3 Days (500 mg/day) or 5 Days (500 mg on Day 1 and 250 mg on Days 2-5) to Healthy Adult Subjects
|Pharmacokinetic Parameterantibiotics||Azithromycin Regimen|
| Zmax |
| 3-day ‡ |
| 5-day‡ |
|Cmax (mcg/mL)||0.821 (0.281)||0.441 (0.223)||0.434 (0.202)|
|Tmax§ (hr)||5.0 (2.0-8.0)||2.5 (1.0-4.0)||2.5 (1.0-6.0)|
|AUC0-24 (mcg•hr/mL)||8.62 (2.34)||2.58 (0.84)||2.60 (0.71)|
|AUC0-∞ (mcg•hr/mL)||20.0 (6.66)||17.4 (6.2)||14.9 (3.1)|
|t½ (hr)||58.8 (6.91)||71.8 (14.7)||68.9 (13.8)|
| Zmax, 3-day and 5-day regimen parameters obtained from separate pharmacokinetic studies |
† N = 21 for AUC0-∞ and t½
‡ Cmax, Tmax and AUC0-24 values for Day 1 only
§ Median (range)
¶Total AUC for the 1-day, 3-day and 5-day regimens
SD = standard deviation
Cmax = maximum serum concentration
Tmax = time to Cmax
AUC = area under concentration vs. time curve
t½ = terminal serum half-life
The bioavailability of Zmax relative to azithromycin immediate release (IR) (powder for oral suspension) was 83%. On average, peak serum concentrations were achieved approximately 2.5 hr later following Zmax administration and were lower by 57%, compared to 2 g azithromycin IR. Thus, single 2 g doses of Zmax and azithromycin IR are not bioequivalent and are not interchangeable.
Effect of food on absorption: A high-fat meal increased the rate and extent of absorption of a 2 g dose of Zmax (115% increase in Cmax, and 23% increase in AUC0-72) compared to the fasted state. A standard meal also increased the rate of absorption (119% increase in Cmax) and with less effect on the extent of absorption (12% increase in AUC0-72) compared to administration of a 2 g Zmax dose in the fasted state.
Effect of antacids: Following the administration of Zmax with an aluminum and magnesium hydroxide antacid, the rate and extent of azithromycin absorption were not altered.
The serum protein binding of azithromycin is concentration dependent, decreasing from 51% at 0.02 mcg/mL to 7% at 2 mcg/mL. Following oral administration, azithromycin is widely distributed throughout the body with an apparent steady-state volume of distribution of 31.1 L/kg.
Azithromycin concentrates in fibroblasts, epithelial cells, macrophages, and circulating neutrophils and monocytes. Higher azithromycin concentrations in tissues than in plasma or serum have been observed. White blood cell and lung exposure data in humans following a single 2 g dose of Zmax in adults are shown in Table 3. Following a 2 g single dose of Zmax, azithromycin achieved higher exposure (AUC0-120) in mononuclear leukocytes (MNL) and polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNL) than in serum. The azithromycin exposure (AUC0-72) in lung tissue and alveolar cells (AC) was approximately 100 times that in serum; and the exposure in epithelial lining fluid (ELF) was also higher (approximately 2-3 times) than in serum. The clinical significance of this distribution data is unknown.
Table 3: Azithromycin Exposure Data in White Blood Cells and Lung Following a 2 g SingleDose of Zmax in Adults
|A single 2 g dose of Zmax|
|WBC||Cmax (mcg/mL)||AUC0-24 (mcg•hr/mL)||AU C0-120 (mcg• hr/mL)||Ct=120† (mcg/mL)|
|MNL‡||116 (40.2)||1790 (540)||4710 (1100)||16.2 (5.51)|
|PMNL‡||146 (66.0)||2080 (650)||10000 (2690)||81.7 (23.3)|
|LUNG||Cmax (mcg/mL)||AUC0-24 (mcg•hr/mL)||AUC0-72 (mcg•hr/mL)|
|Cmax (mcg/g)||AUC0-24 (mcg•hr/g)||AUC0-72 (mcg•hr/g)|
| Abbreviation: WBC: white blood cells; MNL: mononuclear leukocytes; PMNL: polymorphonuclear leukocytes; ELF: Epithelial lining fluid |
† Azithromycin concentration at 120 hr after the start of dosing
‡ Data are presented as mean (standard deviation)
¶Cmax and AUC were calculated based on composite profile (n = 4 subjects/time point/formulation).
Following a regimen of 500 mg of azithromycin tablets on the first day and 250 mg daily for 4 days, only very low concentrations were noted in cerebrospinal fluid (less than 0.01 mcg/mL) in the presence of non-inflamed meninges.
In vitro and in vivo studies to assess the metabolism of azithromycin have not been performed.
Serum azithromycin concentrations following a single 2 g dose of Zmax declined in a polyphasic pattern with a terminal elimination half-life of 59 hr. The prolonged terminal half-life is thought to be due to a large apparent volume of distribution.
Biliary excretion of azithromycin, predominantly as unchanged drug, is a major route of elimination. Over the course of a week, approximately 6% of the administered dose appears as unchanged drug in urine.
Azithromycin pharmacokinetics were investigated in 42 adults (21 to 85 years of age) with varying degrees of renal impairment. Following the oral administration of a single 1.0 g dose of azithromycin (4 × 250 mg capsules), the mean Cmax and AUC0-120 were 5.1% and 4.2% higher, respectively in subjects with GFR 10 to 80 mL/min compared to subjects with normal renal function (GFR > 80 mL/min). The mean Cmax and AUC0-120 were 61% and 35% higher, respectively in subjects with GFR < 10 mL/min compared to subjects with normal renal function. [See Use in Specific Populations, Renal Impairment]
The pharmacokinetics of azithromycin in subjects with hepatic impairment has not been established.
The pharmacokinetics of azithromycin were characterized following a single 60 mg/kg dose of Zmax in pediatric patients aged 3 months to 16 years. Although there was high inter-patient variability in systemic exposure (AUC and Cmax) across the age groups studied, individual azithromycin AUC and Cmax values in pediatric patients were comparable to or higher than those following administration of 2 g Zmax in adults (Table 4). [See Use in Specific Populations]
Table 4: Mean (SD) Pharmacokinetic Parameters for Azithromycin Following Administration of a Single Dose of Zmax (60 mg/kg, maximum dose of 2 g) to Pediatric Subjects Aged 3 Months to 16 Years
|Treatment Group||Pharmacokinetic Parameters|
|Cmax (mcg/mL)||T max (hr)||AUC(0-24) (mcg•hr/mL )||AUC(0-∞) (mcg•hr/mL )|
|Group 1 (N = 6) [3 to 18 months]||0.74 (0.20)||3 (3-3)||6.29 (1.17)||14.1 (2.16) (n = 3)|
|Group 2† (N = 6) [ > 18 to 36 months]||1.88†(0.50)||3 (3-3)||19.7f (5.35)||37.3 (12.9) (n = 5)|
|Group 3 (N = 6) [ > 36 to 48 months]||1.23 (0.42)||3 (3-6)||12.9 (3.79)||22.4 (5.96)|
|Group 4 (N = 6) [ > 48 months to 8 years]||1.13 (0.34)||3 (3-6)||13.0 (4.21)||22.2 (6.89)|
|Group 5 (N = 6) [ > 8 to 12 years]||1.65 (0.38)||3 (3-6)||16.0 (4.99)||30.1 (10.7)|
|Group 6 (N = 6) [ > 12 to 16 years]||0.98 (0.35)||3 (3-6)||11.0 (4.78)||21.3 (9.37)|
|Pooled 1-6 (N = 36) [On an empty stomach]||1.27 (0.53)||3 (3-6)||13.1 (5.78)||25.2 (10.7) (n = 32)|
|Group 7‡ (N = 7) [Fed; 18 months to 8 years]||1.41 (0.62)||3 (1.5-3.1)||7.43 (3.00)||18.9 (3.57) (n = 3)|
| Empty stomach = dosed with Zmax at least 1 hr before or 2 hr after a meal (Groups I-VI) Fed = dosed with Zmax within 5 minutes of consuming an age-appropriate high-fat breakfast (Group VII) |
Median (range) presented only for Tmax
† High mean values were driven by 2 subjects with high exposure
‡ One subject vomited immediately after dosing and discontinued from the study
The impact of gender on the pharmacokinetics of azithromycin has not been evaluated for Zmax. However, previous studies have demonstrated no significant differences in the disposition of azithromycin between male and female subjects.
Pharmacokinetic Interaction Studies
A drug interaction study was performed with Zmax and antacids. All other drug interaction studies were performed with azithromycin immediate release (IR) formulations (capsules and tablets, doses ranging from 500 to 1200 mg) and other drugs likely to be co-administered. The effects of coadministration of azithromycin on the pharmacokinetics of other drugs are shown in Table 5 and the effects of other drugs on the pharmacokinetics of azithromycin are shown in Table 6.
When used at therapeutic doses, azithromycin IR had a minimal effect on the pharmacokinetics of atorvastatin, carbamazepine, cetirizine, didanosine, efavirenz, fluconazole, indinavir, midazolam, nelfinavir, sildenafil, theophylline (intravenous and oral), triazolam, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole or zidovudine (Table 5). Although the drug interaction studies were not conducted with Zmax, similar modest effect as observed with IR formulation are expected since the total exposure to azithromycin is comparable for Zmax and other azithromycin IR regimens. Therefore, no dosage adjustment of drugs listed in Table 5 is recommended when co-administered with Zmax.
Nelfinavir significantly increased the Cmax and AUC of azithromycin following co-administration with azithromycin IR 1200 mg (Table 6). However, no dose adjustment of azithromycin is recommended when Zmax is co-administered with nelfinavir.
Pharmacokinetic and/or pharmacodynamic interactions with the drugs listed below have not been reported in clinical trials with azithromycin; however, no specific drug interaction studies have been performed to evaluate potential drug-drug interaction. Nonetheless, pharmacokinetic and/or pharmacodynamic interactions with these drugs have been observed with other macrolide products. Until further data are developed, careful monitoring of patients is advised when azithromycin and these drugs are used concomitantly: digoxin, ergotamine or dihydroergotamine, cyclosporine, hexobarbital and phenytoin.
Table 5: Drug Interactions: Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Co-administered Drugs in the Presence of Azithromycin
|Co-administered Drug||Dose of Coadministered Drug||Dose of Azithromycin||n||Ratio (with/without Azithromycin) of Co-administered Drug Pharmacokinetic Parameters (90% CI); No Effect = 1.00|
|Mean Cmax||Mean AUC|
|Atorvastatin||10 mg/day for 8 days||500 mg/day orally on days 6-8||12|| 0.83 |
(0.63 to 1.08)
| 1.01 |
(0.81 to 1.25)
|Carbamazepine||200 mg/day for 2 days, then 200 mg twice a day for 18 days||500 mg/day orally for days 16-18||7|| 0.97 |
(0.88 to 1.06)
| 0.96 |
(0.88 to 1.06)
|Cetirizine||20 mg/day for 11 days||500 mg orally on day 7, then 250 mg/day on days 8-11||14|| 1.03 |
(0.93 to 1.14)
| 1.02 |
(0.92 to 1.13)
|Didanosine||200 mg orally twice a day for 21 days||1,200 mg/day orally on days 8-21||6|| 1.44 |
(0.85 to 2.43)
| 1.14 |
(0.83 to 1.57)
|Efavirenz||400 mg/day for 7 days||600 mg orally on day 7||14||1.04†||0.95†|
|Fluconazole||200 mg orally single dose||1,200 mg orally single dose||18|| 1.04 |
(0.98 to 1.11)
| 1.01 |
(0.97 to 1.05)
|Indinavir||800 mg three times a day for 5 days||1,200 mg orally on day 5||18|| 0.96 |
(0.86 to 1.08)
| 0.90 |
(0.81 to 1.00)
|Midazolam||15 mg orally on day 3||500 mg/day orally for 3 days||12|| 1.27 |
(0.89 to 1.81)
| 1.26 |
(1.01 to 1.56)
|Nelfinavir||750 mg three times a day for 11 days||1,200 mg orally on day 9||14|| 0.90 |
(0.81 to 1.01)
| 0.85 |
(0.78 to 0.93)
|Sildenafil||100 mg on days 1 and 4||500 mg/day orally for 3 days||12|| 1.16 |
(0.86 to 1.57)
| 0.92 |
(0.75 to 1.12)
|Theophylline||4 mg/kg IV on days 1, 11, 25||500 mg orally on day 7, then 250 mg/day on days 8-11||10|| 1.19 |
(1.02 to 1.40)
| 1.02 |
(0.86 to 1.22)
|Theophylline||300 mg orally twice a day for 15 days||500 mg orally on day 6, then 250 mg/day on days 7-10||8|| 1.09 |
(0.92 to 1.29)
| 1.08 |
(0.89 to 1.31)
|Triazolam||0.125 mg on day 2||500 mg orally on day 1, then 250 mg/day on day 2||12||1.06†||1.02†|
|Trimethoprim/ Sulfamethoxazole||160 mg/800 mg/d ay orally for 7 days||1,200 mg orally on day 7||12|| 0.85 |
(0.75 to 0.97)/ 0.90
(0.78 to 1.03)
| 0.87 |
(0.80 to 0.95)/ 0.96
(0.88 to 1.03)
|Zidovudine||500 mg/day orally for 21 days||600 mg/day oraly for 14 days||5|| 1.12 |
(0.42 to 3.02)
| 0.94 |
(0.52 to 1.70)
|Zidovudine||500 mg/day orally for 21 days||1,200 mg/day orally for 14 days||4|| 1.31 |
(0.43 to 3.97)
| 1.30 |
(0.69 to 2.43)
| Refers to azithromycin capsules and tablets unless specified |
† 90% confidence interval not reported
Table 6: Drug Interactions: Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Azithromycin in the Presence of Coadministered Drugs
|Co-administered Drug||Dose of Coadministered Drug||Dose of Azithromycin||n||Ratio (with/without co-administered drug) of Azithromycin Pharmacokinetic Parameters (90% CI); No Effect = 1.00|
|Mean Cmax||Mean AUC|
|Efavirenz||400 mg/day for 7 days||600 mg orally on day 7||14|| 1.22 |
(1.04 to 1.42)
|Fluconazole||200 mg orally single dose||1,200 mg orally single dose||18|| 0.82 |
(0.66 to 1.02)
| 1.07 |
(0.94 to 1.22)
|Nelfinavir||750 mg three times a day 11 days||1,200 mg orally on day 9||14|| 2.36 |
(1.77 to 3.15)
| 2.12 |
(1.80 to 2.50)
|Aluminum and Magnesium hydroxide||20 mL regular strength, single dose||2 g Zmax, single dose||39|| 0.99 |
(0.93 to 1.06)
| 0.99 |
(0.92 to 1.08)
| Refers to azithromycin capsules and tablets unless specified |
† 90% confidence interval not reported
Mechanism Of Action
Azithromycin binds to the 23S rRNA of the 50S ribosomal subunit and interferes with bacterial protein synthesis by impeding the assembly of the 50S ribosomal subunit.
Azithromycin demonstrates cross resistance with erythromycin. The most frequently encountered mechanism of resistance to azithromycin is modification of the 23S rRNA target, most often by methylation. Ribosomal modifications can determine cross resistance to other macrolides, lincosamides and streptogramin B (MLSB phenotype).
Azithromycin has been shown to be active against the following microorganisms, both in vitro and in clinical infections. [See INDICATIONS AND USAGE].
Susceptibility Testing Methods
When available, the clinical microbiology laboratory should provide the results of in vitro susceptibility test results for antimicrobial products used in resident hospitals to the physician as periodic reports that describe the susceptibility profile of nosocomial and community-acquired pathogens. These reports should aid the physician in selecting an antibacterial drug product for treatment.
Quantitative methods are used to determine minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs). These MICs provide estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The MICs should be determined using a standardized test method1,3,4 (broth or agar). The MIC values should be interpreted according to criteria provided in Table 7.
Quantitative methods that require measurement of zone diameters can provide reproducible estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The zone size provides an estimate of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The zone size should be determined using a standardized method2,3,4. This procedure uses paper disk impregnated with 15 mcg azithromycin to test the susceptibility of bacteria to azithromycin. The disk diffusion interpretive criteria are provided in Table 7.
Table 7: Susceptibility Interpretive Criteria for Azithromycin
|Pathogen||Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (mcg/mL)||Disk Diffusion (zone diameter in mm)|
|Haemophilus influenzae||≤ 4||-||-||≥ 12||-||-|
|Moraxella catarrhalis||≤ 0.25||-||-||≥ 26||-||-|
|Streptococcus pneumoniae||≤ 0.5||1||≥ 2||≥ 18||14-17||≤ 13|
|Insufficient information is available to determine Intermediate or Resistant interpretive criteria|
A report of “Susceptible” (S) indicates that the antimicrobial drug is likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial drug reaches the concentration at the site of infection. A report of “Intermediate” (I) indicates that the result should be considered equivocal, and if the microorganism is not fully susceptible to alternative clinically feasible drugs, the test should be repeated. This category implies possible clinical applicability in body sites where the drug is physiologically concentrated. This category also provides a buffer zone that prevents small uncontrolled technical factors from causing major discrepancies in interpretation. A report of “Resistant” (R) indicates that the antimicrobial drug is not likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial drug reaches the concentrations usually achievable at the infection site; other therapy should be selected.
Standardized susceptibility test procedures require the use of laboratory controls to monitor and ensure the accuracy and precision of supplies and reagents used in the assay, and the techniques of the individuals performing the test 1,2,3,4. Standard azithromycin powder should provide the following range of MIC values provided in Table 8. For the diffusion technique using the 15-mcg azithromycin disk the criteria provided in Table 8 should be achieved.
Table 8: Acceptable Quality Control Ranges for Susceptibility Testing
|Quality Control Organism||Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (mcg/mL)||Disk Diffusion (zone diameters in mm)|
|Haemophilus Influenzae ATCC 49247||1-4||13-21|
|Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923||Not Applicable||21-26|
|Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 29213||0.5-2||Not Applicable|
|Streptococcus pneumoniae ATCC 49619||0.06-0.25||19-25|
|ATCC = American Type Culture Collection|
Animal Toxicology And/Or Pharmacology
Phospholipidosis (intracellular phospholipid accumulation) has been observed in some tissues of mice, rats, and dogs given multiple doses of azithromycin. It has been demonstrated in numerous organ systems (e.g., eye, dorsal root ganglia, liver, gallbladder, kidney, spleen, and/or pancreas) in dogs treated with azithromycin at doses which, expressed on the basis of mg/m², are approximately one-sixth the recommended adult dose, and in rats treated at doses approximately one-fourth the recommended adult dose. This effect has been shown to be reversible after cessation of azithromycin treatment. Based on the pharmacokinetic data, phospholipidosis has been seen in the rat (50 mg/kg/day dose) at the observed maximal plasma concentration of 1.3 mcg/mL (1.6 times the observed Cmax of 0.821 mcg/mL at the adult dose of 2 g.). Similarly, it has been shown in the dog (10 mg/kg/day dose) at the observed maximal serum concentration of 1 mcg/mL (1.2 times the observed Cmax of 0.821 mcg/mL at the adult dose of 2 g).
Phospholipidosis was also observed in neonatal rats dosed for 18 days at 30 mg/kg/day, which is less than the pediatric dose of 60 mg/kgbased on the surface area. It was not observed in neonatal rats treated for 10 days at 40 mg/kg/day with mean maximal serum concentrations of 1.86 mcg/mL, approximately 1.5 times the Cmax of 1.27 mcg/mL at the pediatric dose. Phospholipidosis has been observed in neonatal dogs (10 mg/kg/day) at maximum mean whole blood concentrations of 3.54 mcg/mL, approximately 3 times the pediatric dose Cmax.
The significance of the finding for animals and for humans is unknown.
Acute Bacterial Maxillary Sinusitis
Adult subjects with a diagnosis of acute bacterial maxillary sinusitis were evaluated in a randomized, double-blind, multicenter study; a maxillary sinus tap was performed on all subjects at baseline. Clinical evaluations were conducted for all subjects at the TOC visit, 7 to 14 days post-treatment. Two hundred seventy (270) subjects were treated with a single 2 g oral dose of Zmax and 268 latency antibiotics azithromycin and alcohol subjects were treated with levofloxacin, 500 mg orally once daily for 10 days. A subject was considered a cure if signs and symptoms related to the acute infection had resolved, or if clinical improvement was such that no additional antibiotics were deemed necessary. The clinical response for the primary population, Clinical Per Protocol Subjects, is presented below.
Table 9: Clinical Response in Patients with Acute Bacterial Maxillary Sinusitis
|RESPONSE AT TOC|| ZMAX |
N = 255
| LEVOFLOXACIN |
N = 254
|CURE||241 (94.5%)||236 (92.9%)|
|FAILURE||14 (5.5%)||18 (7.1%)|
Clinical response by pathogen in the Bacteriologic Per Protocol population is presented below.
Table 10: Clinical Response by Pathogen in Patients with Acute Bacterial Maxillary Sinusitis
|S. pneumoniae||37||36 (97.3%)||39||36 (92.3%)|
|H. influenzae||27||26 (96.3%)||30||30 (100.0%)|
|M. catarrhalis||8||8 (100.0%)||11||10 (90.9%)|
Adult subjects with a diagnosis of mild-to-moderate community-acquired pneumonia were evaluated in two, randomized, double-blind, multicenter studies. In both studies, clinical and microbiologic evaluations were conducted for all subjects at the Test of Cure (TOC) visit, 7 to 14 days posttreatment. In Trial 1, 247 subjects were treated with a single 2 g oral dose of Zmax and 252 subjects were treated with clarithromycin extended-release, 1 g orally once daily for 7 days. In Trial 2, 211 subjects were treated with a single 2.0 g oral dose of Zmax and 212 subjects were treated with levofloxacin, 500 mg orally once daily for 7 days. A patient was considered a cure if signs and symptoms related to the acute infection had resolved, or if clinical improvement was such that no additional antibiotics were deemed necessary; in addition, the chest x-ray performed at the TOC visit was to be either improved or stable. The clinical response at TOC for the primary population, Clinical Per Protocol Subjects, is presented in the table below.
Table 11: Clinical Response at Test of Cure (TOC) in Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia
|Zmax vs. Clarithromycin extended-release|| Zmax |
| Comparator |
|Cure||187 (92.6%)||198 (94.7%)|
|Failure||15 (7.4%)||11 (5.3%)|
|Zmax vs. Levofloxacin||N=174||N=189|
|Cure||156 (89.7%)||177 (93.7%)|
|Failure||18 (10.3%)||12 (6.3%)|
Clinical response by pathogen in the Bacteriologic Per Protocol population, across both studies, is presented below:
Table 12: Clinical Response by Pathogen in Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia
|S. pneumoniae||33||28 (84.8%)||39||35 (89.7%)|
|H. influenzae||30||28 (93.3%)||34||31 (91.2%)|
|C. pneumoniae||40||37 (92.5%)||53||50 (94.3%)|
|M. pneumoniae||33||30 (90.9%)||39||38 (97.4%)|
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