Candida spp. are the fourth leading cause of bloodstream infections, and non-albicans species are increasing in importance. Micafungin is a new echinocandin antifungal agent with excellent in vitro activity against Candida spp. Pediatric, neonatal, and adult patients with new or refractory candidemia were enrolled into this open-label, noncomparative, international study. The initial dose of micafungin was 50 mg/d (1 mg/kg for patients <40 kg) for infections due to C. albicans and 100 mg/d (2 mg/kg for patients <40 kg) for infections due to other species. Dose escalation was allowed. Maximum length of therapy was 42 days. A total of 126 patients were evaluable (received at least five doses of micafungin). Success (complete or partial response) was seen in 83.3% patients overall. Success rates for treatment of infections caused by the most common Candida spp. were as follows: C. albicans 85.1%, C. glabrata 93.8%, C. parapsilosis 86.4%, and C. tropicalis 83.3%. Serious adverse events related to micafungin were uncommon. Micafungin shows promise as a safe and effective agent for the treatment of newly diagnosed and refractory cases of candidemia. Large-scale, randomized, controlled trials are warranted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases|
|State||Published - Oct 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases