Drug Profile


Alternative Names: Cancidas; Cansidas; Caspofungin acetate; Caspofungin MSD; L 743792; L 743872; MK 0991; MK 991

Latest Information Update: 10 Sep 2017

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At a glance

  • Originator Merck & Co
  • Class Antifungals; Echinocandins
  • Mechanism of Action Glucan synthase inhibitors
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Aspergillosis; Candidaemia; Candidiasis; Mycoses

Most Recent Events

  • 29 Apr 2016 Biomarkers information updated
  • 27 Jan 2014 Phase-II clinical trials in Candidiasis (in infants, in neonates) in USA, Colombia and Turkey (IV)
  • 13 Sep 2013 Merck plans a phase II trial for Candidiasis (in neonates, in infants) in USA (NCT01945281)
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