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Caspofungin for the Treatment of Non-blood Candida Infections (0991-045)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier:
First received: May 20, 2004
Last updated: February 20, 2017
Last verified: February 2017
Candida is the most common fungal pathogen identified in hospitalized patients. This study will seek to enroll adult patients (18 years of age or older) with invasive Candida infections (involving deep tissues and organs). The study will not enroll patients whose only site of Candida infection was the bloodstream. Patients that fulfill all study entry criteria will receive a single daily dose of caspofungin. Caspofungin, an intravenous echinocandin antifungal agent, is already approved for the treatment of invasive candidiasis. The dosage strength and duration of caspofungin will be individualized for each patient based on disease, severity of disease and extent of infection.

Condition Intervention Phase
Candidiasis Drug: MK0991, caspofungin acetate/Duration of Treatment: variable Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Multicenter, Open, Noncomparative Study to Estimate the Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Caspofungin Acetate in the Treatment of Adults With Invasive Candida Infections (Excluding Patients With Candidemia as the Sole Site of Infection)

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Further study details as provided by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Favorable overall response rate

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Favorable overall response rate on Day 10 of caspofungin therapy
  • Occurance of relapse during the 12 week follow-up period following the completion of all antifungal therapy

Enrollment: 48
Study Start Date: May 2004
Study Completion Date: February 2006
Primary Completion Date: February 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients must have at least 1 positive culture for Candida species obtained from an otherwise sterile, non-blood body site within 96 hours of the study entry.
  • The patient must also have clinical evidence of Candida infection (e.g., oral temperature >100 degrees Fahrenheit, signs of inflammation from infected site, systolic blood pressure <90) within 96 hours of study entry.
  • The patient must be at least 18 years old, and if a woman of child bearing potential, must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test sensitive to 25 IU HCG prior to enrollment.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients whose only site of Candida infection was the bloodstream.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00083343

Sponsors and Collaborators
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Study Director: Medical Monitor Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
  More Information

Study Data/Documents: CSR Synopsis  This link exits the site

Responsible Party: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Identifier: NCT00083343     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0991-045
Study First Received: May 20, 2004
Last Updated: February 20, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents processed this record on August 21, 2017