June 23, 2024

Amphotericin B

A severe shortage of amphotericin, an anti-fungal injection, and other anti-fungal drugs used to treat mucormycosis is causing patients further problems. Mucormycosis is a life-threatening infection that occurs in around 30% of diabetics after Covid-19.

  • The injection of Amphotericin B is used to treat severe and potentially fatal fungal infections.
  • It belongs to the antifungal drug class.
  • It functions by inhibiting the growth of infection-causing fungi.
  • It’s usually injected into a vein.
  • Amphotericin B was isolated from Streptomyces nodosus in 1955, and it was first used in medicine in 1958.
  • It is in the Essential Medicines List of the World Health Organization.
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