New drug being developed that could cure valley fever
by Cecilia Chan – Mar. 31, 2010 10:47 AM
The Arizona Republic
A new drug is being studied that could possibly cure valley fever, which infects 50,000 Arizonans a year.
Nikkomycin Z is in development at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties account for two-thirds of the country’s valley fever cases.
“A pending $3 million grant will let us make more drugs and continue with clinical trials in spring 2011,” said Dr. John Galgiani, center director.
Galgiani was one of four valley fever experts at a forum last week attended by more than 200 at Surprise City Hall.
Medications now used to treat the respiratory disease keep the fungus in check but are not a cure.