An overview of current and emerging antifungal pharmacotherapy for invasive fungal infections

Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2021 Apr 21:1-17. doi: 10.1080/14656566.2021.1892075. Online ahead of print.


Introduction: Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality despite significant advancements in currently available therapy. With a flush pipeline of investigational antifungals, the clinician must identify appropriate roles of currently available therapies, potential advantages of emerging antifungals, and shortcomings in the evolving clinical evidence.Areas covered: Standard and developing treatment approaches for IFIs with currently available antifungals are summarized with a focus on invasive candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis. Emerging investigational antifungals are discussed in depth, including mechanisms of action, fungal activity, clinical evidence, and ongoing research. An opinion on the impact and potential role of therapy for emerging antifungals of interest is also provided.Expert opinion: Despite advances and clinical studies optimizing antifungal use, current therapies fall short in preventing IFI morbidity and mortality. Further optimization of currently available antifungals may improve outcomes; however, novel agents are required for historically difficult-to-treat infections, transitions to oral treatment, minimizing adverse drug effects, decreasing drug interactions, and ultimately improving patient quality of life. Emerging antifungals may positively revolutionize the treatment of IFIs.

PMID:33878996 | DOI:10.1080/14656566.2021.1892075