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Utilisation, efficacy and safety of voriconazole: prospective, non-interventional study on treatment of IFIs in clinical practice

Heinz, W. J.; Silling, G.; Bohme, A.

Current medical research and opinion. VOL 27; NUMBER 2, ; 2011, 335-342 -- Informa Healthcare -- 2011

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  • Title:
    Utilisation, efficacy and safety of voriconazole: prospective, non-interventional study on treatment of IFIs in clinical practice
  • Author: Heinz, W. J.;
    Silling, G.;
    Bohme, A.
  • Found In: Current medical research and opinion. VOL 27; NUMBER 2, ; 2011, 335-342
  • Journal Title: Current medical research and opinion.
  • Subjects: Medicine; Biotechnology; Pharmaceutical Chemistry; LCC: RC; Dewey: 610
  • Publication Details: Informa Healthcare
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: Abstract Objective: Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in patients with cancer. The triazole voriconazole, given as oral or intravenous formulation, has a high bioavailability and proven efficacy against invasive aspergillosis, candidiasis and other fungi. We aimed to assess the utilisation, efficacy and safety of voriconazole with emphasis on the route of administration under standard clinical conditions. Methods: Prospective, observational study performed by 17 hospitals and office-based physicians in Germany. Results: A total of 264 patients received oral (53%) or intravenous (22%) voriconazole or both formulations sequentially (25%). Of 228 patients with specified fungal diagnosis, 95 (36.0%) had aspergillosis, 73 (27.7%) candidiasis. Sixty (22.7%) received voriconazole for other fungal indications (OFI). In 195 of 226 patients (86.2%), treatment was successful (39.8% cured and 46.5% partial response). In terms of primary diagnoses, favourable responses were noted in 90% for pulmonary aspergillosis, 85% for candidiasis and 87% for OFI. Microbiological success was documented in 138 patients, of whom 105 (76.1%) had complete eradication of fungi. Response rates by initial route were similar for oral and intravenous administration (86 and 87%). Twenty-six of 264 patients died during the study, 53 patients experienced a serious adverse event (five treatment related), and 10 withdrew due to all-causality adverse events (AEs). Tolerability was assessed as very good in 55%, and good in 40% of patients. Conclusions: Voriconazole as oral or intravenous formulation was well tolerated and equally effective in critically ill patients with IFIs. This study in daily care confirms the outcomes of controlled clinical trials.
  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 0300-7995
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Accrual Information: Monthly
  • Shelfmark(s): 3500.301000
  • UIN: ETOCRN283925594

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