We summarise a recent meeting, sponsored by Pfizer Inc., where experts in Asia shared their clinical experience in managing IC. The echinocandins have demonstrated good activity against non-albicans infections and also azole-resistant strains, both preclinically and in recent clinical trials. As well as proving efficacious, echinocandins have a favourable safety profile and are well tolerated, including among inpatient subpopulations, such as transplant recipients and those with renal or hepatic dysfunction. In addition the echinocandins generally have minimal drug-drug interactions, unlike the oral azoles, which have multiple effects on cytochrome P450-mediated drug metabolism. Echinocandins are characterised by a good safety profile, few drug-drug interactions and good susceptibilities. With the increase in potentially azole-resistant non-albicans infections, echinocandins may become the first-line treatment of choice for many patients.
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