Micafungin for the prophylaxis and treatment of Candida infections

Joseph M. Fritz, Benjamin D. Brielmaier, Erik R. Dubberke

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Abstract

Invasive fungal infection is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The incidence of these infections is steadily increasing. In addition, strains resistant to many commonly used antifungal agents are becoming more prevalent. Many new antifungals have become commercially available in recent years, which have vastly improved the ability to treat these infections effectively. Micafungin is one of three commercially available echinocandins available for use in the USA. This class of agents possess a unique mechanism of action that helps to reduce toxicity while maintaining potent antifungal activity. Micafungin is currently approved for the treatment of esophageal candidiasis in adults and is the only in its class approved for the prophylaxis of Candida infection in patients who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. It was also recently approved in the USA for the treatment of candidemia and other forms of invasive candiaisis (acute disseminated candiaisis, Candida, peritonitis and abscess). In general, micafungin is well tolerated and has favorable safety and drug-interaction profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-162
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Antifungal
  • Candidiasis
  • Echinocandin
  • Micafungin

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