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What is Ecalta and what is it used for?
Ecalta contains the active substance anidulafungin and is prescribed in adults and children (aged 1 month to 18 years) to treat a type of fungal infection of the blood or other internal organs called invasive candidiasis. The infection is caused by fungal cells (yeasts) called Candida.
Ecalta belongs to a group of medicines called echinocandins. These medicines are used to treat serious fungal infections.
Ecalta prevents normal development of fungal cell walls. In the presence of Ecalta , fungal cells have incomplete or defective cell walls, making them fragile or unable to grow.
Ecalta can only be obtained with a prescription and should only be taken under the supervision of a doctor.
Medicines in Northern Ireland fall under the remit of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) whilst medicines in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) fall under the remit of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) following the UK leaving the European Union. These agencies are responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies.
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