Now there's an echinocandin antifungal to treat kids

August 7, 2008

Cancidas, previously approved for use in adults, can now be applied also to pediatric patients aged three months to 17 years.

Merck's Cancidas (caspofungin acetate), previously approved for use in adults, can now be applied also to pediatric patients aged three months to 17 years. The Whitehouse Station, N.J., firm claims that the approval makes Cancidas the first and only echinocandin therapy approved domestically for the treatment of children with indicated fungal infections. The new expanded labeling is based on data from five clinical trials involving 171 pediatric patients.

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