DRUG SPOTLIGHT-Afinitor (everolimus) , Novartis:

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Afinitor (everolimus)


Additional Names: 40-O-(2-hydroxyethyl)rapamycin

Company: Novartis

Approval Status: Approved July 2012

Treatment Area: hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer

Everolimus is a derivative of Rapamycin (sirolimus), and works similarly to Rapamycin as an mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) inhibitor. It is currently used as an immunosuppressant to prevent rejection of organ transplants. In a similar fashion to other mTOR inhibitors Everolimus’ effect is solely on the mTORC1 protein and not on the mTORC2 protein.

Also known as: Afinitor, Certican, Zortress, SDZ-RAD, RAD001, Everolimus [USAN], 42-O-(2-Hydroxyethyl)rapamycin, RAD 001
Molecular Formula: C53H83NO14   Molecular Weight: 958.22442

159351-69-6  CAS NO


Afinitor Novartis
Certican Novartis
VOTUBIA Novartis
Zortress Novartis

Afinitor (everolimus), an inhibitor of mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin), is an antineoplastic agent.

Afinitor is specifically approved for the treatment of postmenopausal women with advanced hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative…

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