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The U.S. FDA approved Impavido (miltefosine) to treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis

March 22, 2014

New Drug Approvals

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MILTEFOSINE

2-(hexadecoxy-oxido-phosphoryl)oxyethyl-trimethyl-azanium

58066-85-6

Hexadecylphosphocholine, Miltex, HDPC, HePC, Hexadecylphosphorylcholine, 58066-85-6, Miltefosina, Miltefosinum, Impavido
Molecular Formula: C21H46NO4P   Molecular Weight: 407.568002

March 19, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Impavido (miltefosine) to treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis.

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by Leishmania, a parasite which is transmitted to humans through sand fly bites. The disease occurs primarily in people who live in the tropics and subtropics. Most U.S. patients acquire leishmaniasis overseas.

Impavido is an oral medicine approved to treat the three main types of leishmaniasis: visceral leishmaniasis (affects internal organs), cutaneous leishmaniasis (affects the skin) and mucosal leishmaniasis (affects the nose and throat). It is intended for patients 12 years of age and older. Impavido is the first FDA-approved drug to treat cutaneous or mucosal leishmaniasis.

“Today’s approval demonstrates the FDA’s commitment to making available therapeutic options to treat tropical diseases,” said…

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