Despite existing antifungal agents, mortality in this high-risk patient population remains high (up to 30%). Additionally, the increasing emergence of drug-resistant Candida strains has created an urgent need for new treatments:
- The CDC has listed fluconazole-resistant Candida as a serious threat requiring prompt and sustained action and has also identified a rise in echinocandin resistance, especially among Candida glabrata.
- The CDC has issued an extraordinary alert for healthcare facilities and providers to be on the lookout for patients with C. auris, a multidrug-resistant strain with high mortality (approximately 60%).
Current treatment guidelines for invasive candidiasis recommend the use of IV echinocandins as first-line therapy for empiric and confirmed cases. If approved for the treatment of invasive candidiasis, SCY-078 may provide an alternative to current IV echinocandin use and may fulfill the significant current unmet needs in the oral maintenance setting.
If SCY-078 is approved for the treatment of invasive Candida infections, we believe it could complement or replace IV echinocandins as the drug of choice for these infections due to its broad spectrum of activity and its availability in both IV and oral forms. The flexibility of access to both formulations would allow physicians and their patients to start and stay on a single effective therapy for both inpatient and outpatient settings. Transitioning patients from hospital-based care to outpatient care is key to potentially reduce, or eliminate, expensive hospital stays and risks of hospital-acquired infections.