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Echinocandins Show Growth Among All Antifungal Classes
Date:10/30/2008

Merck's Cancidas and Astellas's Mycamine Cut Prices, According To New Data

from Arlington Medical Resources

MALVERN, Penn., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Medical Resources (AMR), a provider of premier market intelligence for the pharmaceutical and diagnostic imaging industries, finds that echinocandins show growth in the share of courses among all antifungal classes: 10.7 percent of all courses in the January - June 2008 time period compared to 9 percent in the January - June 2007 time period. Echinocandins are a class of antifungal agents consisting of Merck's Cancidas (caspofungin), Astellas's Mycamine (micafungin) and Pfizer's Eraxis (anidulafungin). These agents are commonly used to treat lung tissue infections, disseminated fungal infection and fungemia and are administered intravenously.

"Cancidas currently enjoys the largest share of courses within the echinocandin class (66 percent), followed by Mycamine (22 percent) and Eraxis (13 percent)," stated Joyce Wedemeyer, product director at AMR. "However, Cancidas's share decreased from the previous time period from 74 percent, Mycamine's increased from 13 percent and Eraxis's remained the same at 13 percent."

The newly released U.S. edition of The Hospital Antifungal Market Guide also finds that Cancidas and Mycamine have cut their prices. This cost information is based on hospital acquisition cost.

"Cancidas and Mycamine have both decreased in the average cost/day (in U.S. dollars). Cancidas's average cost/day decreased 12 percent from $174 to $152 and Mycamine's average cost/day decreased 4 percent from $137 to $131," added Ms. Wedemeyer. "However, Eraxis's -the newest of these drugs-average cost/day remained stable at $165."

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The Hospital Antifungal Market Guide enables pharmaceutical companies to monitor inpatient shares, costs and the clinical use of systemic antifungal agents. For eve
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