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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65--71

Echinocandins: A promising new antifungal group

GK Randhawa, G Sharma 
 Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India

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Echinocandins are a new option for fungal infections. They are fungicidal and less toxic to the host by virtue of their novel mechanism of action. They are b-1, 3-glucan synthase inhibitors. FDA, USA has approved caspofungin for treatment of invasive aspergillosis in patients who fail to respond or are unable to tolerate other antifungals. Two other agents are in phase III clinical trials – micafungin and anidulafungin. Caspofungin among echinocandins has been studied vastly and offers apparent exciting advantages of a broad spectrum of activity including strains of fungi resistant to other antifungal agents, tolerability profile, with no nephrotoxicity and hepatotoxicity as compared to azole and macrolide antifungals. It may be effective in AIDS-related candidal esophagitis, oropharyngeal candidiasis, fungal pneumonia and nonmeningeal coccidioidomycosis. Clinical trials are required to ascertain their safety in special groups—pediatric, pregnant and nursing mothers. Echinocandins provide an exciting option for combination therapy with other antifungals in fulminant fungal infections.

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Randhawa G K, Sharma G. Echinocandins: A promising new antifungal group.Indian J Pharmacol 2004;36:65-71

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Randhawa G K, Sharma G. Echinocandins: A promising new antifungal group. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2004 [cited 2023 Sep 21 ];36:65-71
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