Anecortave Chemical formula
Synonyms: AL-3789; Anecortava; Anécortave; Anecortave Acetate (USAN); Anecortavum. 17,21-Dihydroxypregna-4,9(11)-diene-3,20-dione 21-acetate.
Cyrillic synonym: Анекортав.

Chemical information

Chemical formula: C23H30O5 = 386.5.
CAS — 7753-60-8.
ATC — S01LA02.
ATC Vet — QS01LA02.


Anecortave is an angiostatic cortisene under investigation for the treatment of patients with neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration. It is similar in structure to cortisol acetate but without any glucocorticoid activity and is able to inhibit several steps of the neovascularisation process. It is given by posterior juxtascleral depot injection and is available in some countries for compassionate use on a named-patient basis.
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Published December 17, 2018.