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Anidulafungin: an evidence-based review of its use in invasive fungal infections

Authors Davis SL, Vazquez J

Published 15 December 2007 Volume 2007:2(4)


Susan L. Davis, Jose A. Vazquez

Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University College of Pharmacy, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Introduction: Anidulafungin is a new echinocandin antifungal agent with indications for use in esophageal candidiasis and candidemia. The mortality and morbidity associated with fungal infections in healthcare facilities necessitates the development of new treatment options for these diseases.

Aims: This review assesses the pharmacology and evidence for the use of anidulafungin in the treatment of serious fungal infections.

Evidence review: There is substantial evidence that anidulafungin is a potent antifungal agent with activity against a broad range of fungal species. Likewise, evidence supports that anidulafungin is a well-tolerated antifungal agent. Clinical studies provide sufficient evidence for regulatory approval for esophageal candidiasis and candidemia, and limited evidence suggests that anidulafungin may be superior to fluconazole for candidemia and invasive candidiasis. The introduction of anidulafungin into clinical practice adds a third option for therapy in the echinocandin class. Research into its efficacy in other fungal infections is ongoing, and further studies into the impact of anidulafungin on economic outcomes will be beneficial.

Place in therapy: Current evidence supports the use of anidulafungin in the management of candidemia, esophageal candidiasis, and invasive candidiasis, as demonstrated by the successful results in large multicenter clinical trials.

Key words: anidulafungin, candidemia, candidiasis, echinocandins, evidence, review, treatment

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