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SER-109 (VOWST™): A Review in the Prevention of Recurrent Clostridioides difficile Infection

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posted on 2024-02-18, 23:32 authored by Hannah A. Blair


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

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SER-109 (VOWST™; fecal microbiota spores, live-brpk) is a live biotherapeutic product indicated to prevent the recurrence of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in patients 18 years of age and older following standard of care (SOC) antibacterial treatment for recurrent CDI. It is a purified bacterial spore suspension sourced from healthy donors. As the first oral faecal microbiota product approved for prevention of recurrent CDI, SER-109 is administered as four capsules once daily for three consecutive days. In a well-designed, placebo-controlled, phase III trial (ECOSPOR III), SER-109 significantly reduced the risk of recurrent CDI at 8 weeks post-treatment, with a durable response seen at 6 months post-treatment. Treatment with SER-109 was also associated with rapid and steady improvement in health-related quality of life compared with placebo. SER-109 was generally well tolerated, with a safety profile similar to that of placebo. The most common adverse events were of mild to moderate severity and generally gastrointestinal in nature. Thus, with the convenience of oral administration and lack of necessity for cold storage, SER-109 is a valuable option for preventing further CDI recurrence in adults following antibacterial treatment for recurrent CDI.


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