Drug Profile


Alternative Names: Iressa; ZD 1839

Latest Information Update: 10 Sep 2017

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At a glance

  • Originator AstraZeneca
  • Developer AstraZeneca; Brigham and Women's Hospital; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Hutchison MediPharma; Massachusetts General Hospital; MedImmune; Netherlands Cancer Institute; University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Class Antineoplastics; Chlorobenzenes; Fluorobenzenes; Morpholines; Phenyl ethers; Quinazolines; Small molecules
  • Mechanism of Action Epidermal growth factor receptor antagonists
  • Orphan Drug Status

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

    Yes - Non-small cell lung cancer
  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Phase II Colorectal cancer; Salivary gland cancer
  • Phase I Head and neck cancer
  • Discontinued Bladder cancer; Brain metastases; Breast cancer; Glioblastoma; Renal cell carcinoma; Thyroid cancer

Most Recent Events

  • 16 Aug 2017 AstraZeneca terminates the phase II/III NeoIntercal trial in Non-small cell lung cancer (Late-stage disease) in Germany (PO) (NCT02326285)
  • 09 May 2017 Phase-I clinical trials in Non-small cell lung cancer (Combination therapy, First-line therapy, Late-stage disease, Newly diagnosed) in USA (PO) (NCT03122717)
  • 01 Sep 2016 AstraZeneca in collaboration with M D Anderson Cancer Center completes a phase II clinical trial in Salivary gland cancer (Late-stage disease, Metastatic disease, Recurrent) in USA (PO) (NCT00509002)
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