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Dr. Paul E. Marik proclaims end to corticosteroid monotherapy for sepsis



That editorial was quickly followed by the report on Dr. Marik and colleagues’ before-after study, in which hospital mortality was 8.5%, versus 0.4% in the treatment and control groups, respectively (P less than .001). This finding led the investigators to suggest that intravenous vitamin C administered along with corticosteroids and thiamine is “effective” in reducing mortality, in their paper published in CHEST®.

During Dr. Marik’s presentation at the meeting, he noted that he had been “misquoted” with regard to the finality of his study’s results. The final line of the CHEST® paper reads, “Additional studies are required to confirm these preliminary findings,” he emphasized.

Nevertheless, Dr. Marik alluded to a “big paradigm shift” in the treatment of sepsis.

“Our experience has been echoed by now hundreds, if not thousands, of clinicians across the world,” said Dr. Marik, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk.

He recounted an anecdotal case submitted by “Josh from Ohio” describing an elderly man who was “started on cocktail and within a day his pressor requirements melted away and he was extubated.” Quoting “Josh from Ohio,” Dr. Mark continued, “Tomorrow he will probably leave the ICU with no residual organ dysfunction, no volume overload, (and) no ICU complications.”

Eddy Gutierrez, MD, of Jacksonville, Fla., noted in a question-and-answer period that he has had “positive results” with a similar approach.

“When we first learned about the vitamin C and the ‘Marik protocol,’ so to speak, I was in fellowship and I got laughed at,” Dr. Gutierrez said. “Nobody would let me try it.”

Others are taking a wait-and-see approach.

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