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Synonyms: β-artemether | beta-artemether
artemether is an approved drug (FDA (2009) in combination with lumefantrine)
Compound class: Synthetic organic
Comment: Artemether is a semisynthetic derivative of artemisinin, a natural product isolated from the qinghao or sweet wormwood plant (Artemisia annua). Synthesis yields two crystalline anomers, α- and β-artemether, the latter predominates and is marginally more active .
Artemether is a prodrug that is converted to the active metabolite artenimol (dihydroartemisinin).
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|Compound class||Synthetic organic|
|Ligand families/groups||Antimalarial ligands|
|Approved drug?||Yes (FDA (2009) in combination with lumefantrine)|
|WHO Essential Medicine||WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) (23rd List, 2023). Access PDF version.
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|International Nonproprietary Names|
|β-artemether | beta-artemether|
|CAS Registry No.||71963-77-4 (source: Scifinder)|
|GtoPdb PubChem SID||374883842|
|RCSB PDB Ligand||D8Z|
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Artemether (links to external site)
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