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Miltefosine (Impavido) for Leishmaniasis
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The FDA has approved miltefosine (Impavido – Knight Therapeutics), an oral alkylphosphocholine analog, for treatment of visceral, cutaneous, and mucosal leishmaniasis caused by some Leishmania species. It is the first drug to be approved by the FDA for treatment of cutaneous and mucosal leishmaniasis and the first oral drug to be approved for treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.

LEISHMANIASIS — Leishmania parasites are transmitted to humans through sand fly bites. The disease occurs primarily in the tropics, subtropics, and southern Europe; most US patients become infected overseas. Cutaneous leishmaniasis usually presents as an ulcerative skin lesion at the site of the sand fly bite. The lesion usually resolves spontaneously within several months, but generally leaves a scar. Some New World (Western Hemisphere) Leishmania species may disseminate from the skin to ... more      

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