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Drug Profile


Alternative Names: Picovir; VP 63843; WIN 63843

Latest Information Update: 04 Nov 2018

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At a glance

  • Originator sanofi-aventis
  • Developer Antivirus Therapeutics; Merck & Co; ViroPharma
  • Class Antidementias; Antivirals; Oxadiazoles; Small molecules
  • Mechanism of Action Virus replication inhibitors
  • Orphan Drug Status

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

    Yes - Enterovirus infections
  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Phase II Enterovirus infections
  • Discontinued Common cold; Picornavirus infections

Most Recent Events

  • 03 Dec 2004 Schering-Plough's agreement with ViroPharma to license intranasal pleconaril for treatment of the common cold in the US and Canada became effective upon early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act
  • 26 Aug 2004 Aventis has merged with Sanofi-Synthelabo to form Sanofi-Aventis
  • 25 Aug 2004 Schering-Plough has exercised its option to license the intranasal formulation of pleconaril for the treatment of the common cold in the US and Canada
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