|Synonyms:||T-705, T705, Favipiravir|
- Molecular FormulaC5H4FN3O2
- Average mass157.103 Da
C5H4FN3O2 : 157.1
The drug substance is a white to light yellow powder. It is sparingly soluble in acetonitrile and in methanol, and slightly soluble in water and in ethanol (99.5). It is slightly soluble at pH 2.0 to 5.5 and sparingly soluble at pH 5.5 to 6.1. The drug substance is not hygroscopic at 25°C/51% to 93%RH. The melting point is 187°C to 193°C, and the dissociation constant (pKa) is 5.1 due to the hydroxyl group of favipiravir. Measurement results on the partition ratio of favipiravir in water/octanol at 25°C indicate that favipiravir tends to be distributed in the 1-octanol phase at pH 2 to 4 and in the water phase at pH 5 to 13.
Any batch manufactured by the current manufacturing process is in Form A. The stability study does not show any change in crystal form over time; and a change from Form A to Form B is unlikely.
|melting point (°C)||187℃ to 193℃||https://www.pmda.go.jp/files/000210319.pdf|
|water solubility||slightly soluble in water||https://www.pmda.go.jp/files/000210319.pdf|
Favipiravir, also known as T-705, Avigan, or favilavir is an antiviral drug being developed by Toyama Chemical (Fujifilm group) of Japan with activity against many RNA viruses. Like certain other experimental antiviral drugs (T-1105 and T-1106), it is a pyrazinecarboxamide derivative. In experiments conducted in animals Favipiravir has shown activity against influenza viruses, West Nile virus, yellow fever virus, foot-and-mouth disease virus as well as other flaviviruses, arenaviruses, bunyaviruses and alphaviruses.Activity against enteroviruses and Rift Valley fever virus has also been demonstrated. Favipiravir has showed limited efficacy against Zika virus in animal studies, but was less effective than other antivirals such as MK-608. The agent has also shown some efficacy against rabies, and has been used experimentally in some humans infected with the virus.
In February 2020 Favipiravir was being studied in China for experimental treatment of the emergent COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)disease. On March 17 Chinese officials suggested the drug had been effective in treating COVID in Wuhan and Shenzhen.
Discovered by Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd. in Japan, favipiravir is a modified pyrazine analog that was initially approved for therapeutic use in resistant cases of influenza.7,9 The antiviral targets RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) enzymes, which are necessary for the transcription and replication of viral genomes.7,12,13
Not only does favipiravir inhibit replication of influenza A and B, but the drug shows promise in the treatment of influenza strains that are resistant to neuramidase inhibitors, as well as avian influenza.9,19 Favipiravir has been investigated for the treatment of life-threatening pathogens such as Ebola virus, Lassa virus, and now COVID-19.10,14,15
Mechanism of action
The mechanism of its actions is thought to be related to the selective inhibition of viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. Other research suggests that favipiravir induces lethal RNA transversion mutations, producing a nonviable viral phenotype. Favipiravir is a prodrug that is metabolized to its active form, favipiravir-ribofuranosyl-5′-triphosphate (favipiravir-RTP), available in both oral and intravenous formulations. Human hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) is believed to play a key role in this activation process. Favipiravir does not inhibit RNA or DNA synthesis in mammalian cells and is not toxic to them. In 2014, favipiravir was approved in Japan for stockpiling against influenza pandemics. However, favipiravir has not been shown to be effective in primary human airway cells, casting doubt on its efficacy in influenza treatment.
In 2014, Japan approved Favipiravir for treating viral strains unresponsive to current antivirals.
Ebola virus trials
Some research has been done suggesting that in mouse models Favipiravir may have efficacy against Ebola. Its efficacy against Ebola in humans is unproven. During the 2014 West Africa Ebola virus outbreak, it was reported that a French nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering for MSF in Liberia recovered after receiving a course of favipiravir. A clinical trial investigating the use of favipiravir against Ebola virus disease was started in Guéckédou, Guinea, during December 2014. Preliminary results showed a decrease in mortality rate in patients with low-to-moderate levels of Ebola virus in the blood, but no effect on patients with high levels of the virus, a group at a higher risk of death. The trial design has been criticised by Scott Hammer and others for using only historical controls. The results of this clinical trial were presented in February 2016 at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) by Daouda Sissoko and published on March 1, 2016 in PLOS Medicine.
SARS-CoV-2 virus disease
In March 2020, Chinese officials suggested Favipiravir may be effective in treating COVID-19.
Electronic supplementary material
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Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics. 2014; 8(3):117-120.
As a RNA polymerase inhibitor, 6-fluoro-3-hydroxypyrazine-2-carboxamide commercially named favipiravir has been proved to have potent inhibitory activity against RNA viruses in vitro and in vivo. A four-step synthesis of the compound is described in this article, amidation, nitrification, reduction and fluorination with an overall yield of about 8%. In addition, we reported the crystal structure of the title compound. The molecule is almost planar and the intramolecular O−H•••O hydrogen bond makes a 6-member ring. In the crystal, molecules are packing governed by both hydrogen bonds and stacking interactions.
2.2.1. Preparation of 3-hydroxypyrazine-2-carboxamide To a suspension of 3-hydroxypyrazine-2-carboxylic acid (1.4 g, 10 mmol) in 150 mL MeOH, SOCl2 was added dropwise at 40°C with magnetic stirring for 6 h resulting in a bright yellow solution. The reaction was then concentrated to dryness. The residue was dissolved in 50 mL 25% aqueous ammonia and stirred overnight to get a suspension. The precipitate was collected and dried. The solid yellow-brown crude product was recrystallization with 50 mL water to get the product as pale yellow crystals (1.1 g, 78%). mp = 263-265°C. 1 H-NMR (300 MHz, DMSO): δ 13.34 (brs, 1H, OH), 8.69 (s, 1H, pyrazine H), 7.93-8.11 (m, 3H, pyrazine H, CONH2). HRMS (ESI): m/z [M + H]+ calcd for C5H6N3O2 + : 140.0460; found: 140.0457.
2.2.2. Preparation of 3-hydroxy-6-nitropyrazine-2- carboxamide In the solution of 3-hydroxypyrazine-2-carboxamide (1.0 g, 7 mmol) in 6 mL concentrate sulfuric acid under ice-cooling, potassium nitrate (1.4 g, 14 mmol) was added. After stirring at 40°C for 4 h, the reaction mixture was poured into 60 mL water. The product was collected by fi ltration as yellow solid (0.62 g, 48%). mp = 250-252°C. 1 H-NMR (600 MHz, DMSO): δ 12.00- 15.00 (br, 1H, OH), 8.97 (s, 1H, pyrazine H), 8.32 (s, 1H, CONH2), 8.06 (s, 1H, CONH2). 13C-NMR (75 MHz, DMSO): δ 163.12, 156.49, 142.47, 138.20, 133.81. HRMS (ESI): m/z [M + H]+ calcd for C5H5N4O4 + : 185.0311; found: 185.0304.
2.2.3. Preparation of 6-amino-3-hydroxypyrazine-2- carboxamide 3-Hydroxy-6-nitropyrazine-2-carboxamide (0.6 g, 3.3 mmol) and a catalytic amount of raney nickel were suspended in MeOH, then hydrazine hydrate was added dropwise. The resulting solution was refl uxed 2 h, cooled, filtered with diatomite, and then MeOH is evaporated in vacuo to get the crude product as dark brown solid without further purification (0.4 g, 77%). HRMS (ESI): m/z [M + H]+ calcd for C5H7N4O2 + : 155.0569; found:155.0509.
2.2.4. Preparation of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxypyrazine-2- carboxamide To a solution of 6-amino-3-hydroxypyrazine-2- carboxamide (0.4 g, 2.6 mmol) in 3 mL 70% HFpyridine aqueous at -20°C under nitrogen atmosphere, sodium nitrate (0.35 g, 5.2 mmol) was added. After stirring 20 min, the solution was warmed to room temperature for another one hour. Then 20 mL ethyl acetate/water (1:1) were added, after separation of the upper layer, the aqueous phase is extracted with four 20 mL portions of ethyl acetate. The combined extracts are dried with anhydrous magnesium sulfate and concentrated to dryness to get crude product as oil. The crude product was purified by chromatography column as white solid (0.12 g, 30%). mp = 178-180°C. 1 H-NMR (600 MHz, DMSO): δ 12.34 (brs, 1H, OH), 8.31 (d, 1H, pyrazine H, J = 8.0 Hz), 7.44 (s, 1H, CONH2), 5.92 (s, 1H, CONH2). 13C-NMR (75 MHz, DMSO): δ 168.66, 159.69, 153.98, 150.76, 135.68. HRMS (ESI): m/z [M + H]+ calcd for C5H5FN3O2 + : 158.0366; found: 158.0360.
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Influenza virus is a central virus of the cold syndrome, which has attacked human being periodically to cause many deaths amounting to tens millions. Although the number of deaths shows a tendency of decrease in the recent years owing to the improvement in hygienic and nutritive conditions, the prevalence of influenza is repeated every year, and it is apprehended that a new virus may appear to cause a wider prevalence.
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Synthesis of Favipiravir
ZHANG Tao1, KONG Lingjin1, LI Zongtao1,YUAN Hongyu1, XU Wenfang2*
(1. Shandong Qidu PharmaceuticalCo., Ltd., Linzi 255400; 2. School of Pharmacy, Shandong University, Jinan250012)
ABSTRACT: Favipiravir was synthesized from3-amino-2-pyrazinecarboxylic acid by esterification, bromination with NBS,diazotization and amination to give 6-bromo-3-hydroxypyrazine-2-carboxamide,which was subjected to chlorination with POCl3, fluorination with KF, andhydrolysis with an overall yield of about 22％.
|compd 32 N||CH||C—CF3||N||H|
To a 17.5 ml N,N-dimethylformamide solution of 5.0 g of 3,6-difluoro-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile, a 3.8 ml water solution of 7.83 g of potassium acetate was added dropwise at 25 to 35° C., and the solution was stirred at the same temperature for 2 hours. 0.38 ml of ammonia water was added to the reaction mixture, and then 15 ml of water and 0.38 g of active carbon were added. The insolubles were filtered off and the filter cake was washed with 11 ml of water. The filtrate and the washing were joined, the pH of this solution was adjusted to 9.4 with ammonia water, and 15 ml of acetone and 7.5 ml of toluene were added. Then 7.71 g of dicyclohexylamine was added dropwise and the solution was stirred at 20 to 30° C. for 45 minutes. Then 15 ml of water was added dropwise, the solution was cooled to 10° C., and the precipitate was filtered and collected to give 9.44 g of dicyclohexylamine salt of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyradinecarbonitrile as a lightly yellowish white solid product.
1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ values: 1.00-1.36 (10H, m), 1.56-1.67 (2H, m), 1.67-1.81 (4H, m), 1.91-2.07 (4H, m), 3.01-3.18 (2H, m), 8.03-8.06 (1H, m), 8.18-8.89 (1H, broad)
4.11 ml of acetic acid was added at 5 to 15° C. to a 17.5 ml N,N-dimethylformamide solution of 5.0 g of 3,6-difluoro-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile. Then 7.27 g of triethylamine was added dropwise and the solution was stirred for 2 hours. 3.8 ml of water and 0.38 ml of ammonia water were added to the reaction mixture, and then 15 ml of water and 0.38 g of active carbon were added. The insolubles were filtered off and the filter cake was washed with 11 ml of water. The filtrate and the washing were joined, the pH of the joined solution was adjusted to 9.2 with ammonia water, and 15 ml of acetone and 7.5 ml of toluene were added to the solution, followed by dropwise addition of 7.71 g of dicyclohexylamine. Then 15 ml of water was added dropwise, the solution was cooled to 5° C., and the precipitate was filtered and collected to give 9.68 g of dicyclohexylamine salt of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile as a slightly yellowish white solid product.
Examples 2 to 5
The compounds shown in Table 1 were obtained in the same way as in Example 1-1.
|Example No.||Organic amine||Example No.||Organic amine|
Dipropylamine salt of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile
1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) 6 values: 0.39 (6H, t, J=7.5 Hz), 1.10 (4H, sex, J=7.5 Hz), 2.30-2.38 (4H, m), 7.54 (1H, d, J=8.3 Hz)
Dibutylamine salt of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile
1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) 6 values: 0.36 (6H, t, J=7.3 Hz), 0.81 (4H, sex, J=7.3 Hz), 0.99-1.10 (4H, m), 2.32-2.41 (4H, m), 7.53 (1H, d, J=8.3 Hz)
Dibenzylamine salt of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile
1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ values: 4.17 (4H, s), 7.34-7.56 (10H, m), 8.07 (1H, d, J=8.3 Hz)
N-benzylmethylamine salt of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile
1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ values: 2.57 (3H, s), 4.14 (2H, s), 7.37-7.53 (5H, m), 8.02-8.08 (1H, m)
Preparation Example 1
300 ml of toluene was added to a 600 ml water solution of 37.5 g of sodium hydroxide. Then 150 g of dicyclohexylamine salt of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarbonitrile was added at 15 to 25° C. and the solution was stirred at the same temperature for 30 minutes. The water layer was separated and washed with toluene, and then 150 ml of water was added, followed by dropwise addition of 106 g of a 30% hydrogen peroxide solution at 15 to 30° C. and one-hour stirring at 20 to 30° C. Then 39 ml of hydrochloric acid was added, the seed crystals were added at 40 to 50° C., and 39 ml of hydrochloric acid was further added dropwise at the same temperature. The solution was cooled to 10° C. the precipitate was filtered and collected to give 65.6 g of 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarboxamide as a slightly yellowish white solid.
1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ values: 8.50 (1H, s), 8.51 (1H, d, J=7.8 Hz), 8.75 (1H, s), 13.41 (1H, s)
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T-705; Avigan; favilavir
3D model (JSmol)
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||157.104 g·mol−1|
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