Clinical indications for newer antifungal agents.

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Clinical indications for newer antifungal agents.

J Hosp Med. 2009 Feb 13;4(2):102-111

Authors: Naeger-Murphy N, Pile JC

Recent years have seen the release of multiple new systemic antifungal agents, significantly increasing options for the treatment of most serious fungal infections. Newly available drugs include those in the echinocandin class, including caspofungin, micafungin, and anidulafungin, as well as the newer generation triazoles, voriconazole and posaconazole. Ordering of these agents is variably restricted, depending on a given institution's policies, and all are costly. In this review we examine the available evidence and outline the role of newer antifungal medications in several common and/or important situations, including invasive and mucocutaneous Candida infection, febrile neutropenia, invasive aspergillosis, zygomycosis, and endemic mycoses. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2008;4:102-111. (c) 2009 Society of Hospital Medicine.

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