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Course Title:
Treating Fungal Infections: Echinocandins, novel antifungals
Lectures from the symposium at Focus On Fungal Infections 13
March 20, 2003 Maui, Hawaii

Target Audience:

This program is intended for physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in the management of invasive fungal infections. No specific knowledge other than familiarity with the principles of microbiology will be required for successful participation in this program.



After successfully completing this program, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the distinct mechanism(s) of action of the echinocandin class of antifungals
  • Understand the impact of echinocandins on invasive aspergillosis
  • Describe the anti-fungal susceptibility patterns of Candida species
  • Identify effective treatment options for Candida infections

Continuing Medical Education:

Imedex, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Imedex, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

Original release date: October 2003. Credits will be awarded upon completion and submission of the self-assessment questions, evaluation form and CME credit request form to: Imedex, Inc. 70 Technology Drive, Alpharetta, GA, 30005 or fax to +1 770-751-7334 before September 30, 2004. CME certificates will be mailed within 3 weeks after receipt of the required documentation. No credit will be awarded for submissions received after September 30, 2004.


Unapproved and investigational uses of drugs and devices:

This program may contain information about investigational or other uses of drugs or devices that are not currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States, or by regulatory authorities in other countries. Participants in the United States are encouraged to consult the FDA-approved product labeling for any drug or device mentioned in this program before use. Participants from other countries should consult with their respective regulatory authorities.

The opinions expressed in this document are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Imedex, Inc. or of Merck and Co., Inc.


Disclosure of commercial interests:

As an accredited provider of Continuing Medical Education, Imedex®, Inc. is required to ask speakers to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the contents of their presentation(s). The existence of commercial or financial interests of speakers related to the subject matter of their presentation should not be construed as implying bias or decreasing the value of their presentation(s). Disclosure should help participants form their own judgments.

All speakers were independently selected by the organizing committee of that conference. Those speakers who disclosed affiliations or financial interests with the commercial organizations involved with products to which they may refer, are listed here.

Computer Software/Hardware Requirements:

The Doctorfungus CME center requires Microsoft's Internet Explorer and/or Netscape's Navigator browser version 4.x or higher. The latest browsers version are recommend.

In an attempt to bring you the greatest level of interactivity and usability, Doctorfungus uses leading edge web technologies that can result in inoperability of certain CME activities if your computer is not equipped with the most recent browser version.

Depending upon your computers current configuration, the CME activities presented may require additional software - or plug-ins - to view multimedia presentation or printable versions of their content.

This software, which may already installed on your computer, will likely be one or more of the following: Macromedia Flash, Apple Quicktime, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Powerpoint, Windows Media Player, and Real Networks Real One Player.

Hardware requirements are a PC or Mac with internet connectivity. For audio enhanced activities you will need a sound card and speakers.


This CME Expires on September 30, 2004; no tests will be accepted after this date.

This course is accredited by Imedex, Inc.

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