E1224 is a prodrug of ravuconazole developed by Eisai Pharmaceuticals. It is administered orally and has been shown to have potent activity against the parasite responsible for Chagas disease. It also has several other properties that make it a promising candidate for the treatment of Chagas disease, including good absorption and tolerability profiles, once-weekly administration, and an affordable price.
The drug is being tested in a phase II study conducted by ISGlobal, in conjunction with the Platform for the Integral Care of Patients With Chagas Disease, a collaborative project involving CEADES (a Bolivian NGO), Universidad Mayor de San Simón de Cochabamba, and Universidad Autónoma Juan Misael Saracho (Tarija). This phase II proof-of-concept study will analyse the potential of E1224 as an oral, easy-to-use, safe, and affordable treatment for Chagas disease. The project is being coordinated by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative and funded by the Wellcome Trust.
The study will also investigate several biomarkers that may help to assess disease cure and treatment success in patients with chronic Chagas disease and serve as valuable tools in future clinical trials of E1224 and other new drugs. The current lack of early markers of treatment response is a major obstacle in the fight against Chagas disease.
Enlaces de interés
- Joaquim Gascon Research Professor, Director of the Chagas Initiative, head of the Chagas, Parasitic and Imported Diseases programme
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Control of Leishmaniasis. From bench to bedside and community
Grup de recerca en patología importada i malaties emergents i re-emergents
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Antigen-specific immunological biomarkers associated to control of infection by T. cruzi.
Model and Tool for designing strategies to scale up Chagas Disease care
Towards the interruption of transmission of soil-transmitted helminths
New chemotherapy regimens and biomarkers for Chagas Disease
Improving health data collection under the healthcare programme for migrant population in Nador, Morocco
Searching the hidden: evaluating dengue, chikungunya and Zika autochthonous transmission in the city of Barcelona.