Drug Profile


Alternative Names: D 18506; HePC; Hexadecylphosphocholine; HPC; Impavido; Miltefosin; Miltex

Latest Information Update: 04 Jul 2017

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At a glance

  • Originator Baxter Oncology; Zentaris
  • Developer AEterna Zentaris GmbH; Knight Therapeutics; MegaPharm Ltd; Profounda
  • Class Antineoplastics; Antiparasitics; Phospholipids; Quaternary ammonium compounds
  • Mechanism of Action Signal transduction pathway inhibitors
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

    Yes - Encephalitis; Acanthamoeba infections; Visceral leishmaniasis
  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Cancer metastases; Cutaneous leishmaniasis; Leishmaniasis; Visceral leishmaniasis
  • Preclinical Acanthamoeba infections
  • No development reported Chagas disease
  • Discontinued Malignant melanoma

Most Recent Events

  • 28 Jun 2017 Miltefosine receives Orphan Drug status for Granulomatous amebic encephalitis in USA
  • 19 Dec 2016 Preclinical trials in Acanthamoeba infections in USA (unspecified route)
  • 19 Dec 2016 Miltefosine receives Orphan Drug status for Acanthamoeba keratitis in USA
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