What is Caspofungin?

Caspofungin (INN) (brand name Cancidas worldwide) is a lipopeptide antifungal drug from Merck & Co., Inc. discovered by James Balkovec, Regina Black and Frances A. Bouffard. It is a member of a new class of antifungals termed the echinocandins. It works by inhibiting the enzyme (1→3)-β-D-glucan synthase and thereby disturbing the integrity of the fungal cell wall. Caspofungin was the first inhibitor of fungal (1→3)-β-D-glucan synthesis to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Caspofungin is administered intravenously.

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My wife is SLE patient from 9 years. She got fungal infection at inter pole and upper pole of both kidneys and culture of pus aspergillus...

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We live in Coimbatore. My colleague's father is affected by some kind of Fungal Sinus. Last month there was a heavy swelling in the...

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1. From your description, he seems to have developed Invasive Fungal Sinusitis. The most common fungus is Mucor...

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