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C15 H13 F O2
[1,​1′-​Biphenyl]​-​4-​acetic acid, 2-​fluoro-​α-​methyl-​, (αS)​-
  • [1,1′-Biphenyl]-4-acetic acid, 2-fluoro-α-methyl-, (S)-
  • (+)-(S)-Flurbiprofen
  • (+)-Flurbiprofen
  • (2S)-2-(2-Fluoro-1,1′-biphenyl-4-yl)propanoic acid
  • (2S)-2-(2-Fluoro-4-biphenyl)propanoic acid
  • (S)-Flurbiprofen
  • Dexflurbiprofen
  • Esflurbiprofen
  • S-(+)-Flurbiprofen
  • d-Flurbiprofen


On October 20, 2014, Taisho filed for manufacturing and marketing approval for TT-063 from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a new drug candidate that will follow the Type 2 diabetes treatment Lusefi®, which was launched in May 2014. TT-063 is a patch formulation that has been co-developed by Taisho and TOKUHON Corporation with the aim of obtaining an indication for osteoarthritis. In Phase 3 clinical trials comparing TT-063 with therapeutic drugs already on the market, TT-063 has been found to be more effective than the control drugs in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee joint (January 16, 2014 announcement ).

Furthermore, Taisho is also preparing to file for approval from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for CT-064, an oral formulation of the osteoporosis treatment agent Bonviva launched in August 2013. Taisho has confirmed the effectiveness of CT-064 for osteoporosis patients through Phase 3 clinical trials (September 22, 2014 announcement).
In the central nervous system field, TS-091 transitioned from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in Japan in May 2014. Clinical trials of TS-091 have commenced to confirm the effectiveness of this drug in patients with central disorders of hypersomnolence. In addition, Phase 1 clinical trials of TS-091 have commenced overseas. TS-111 and TS-121 are undergoing Phase 1 clinical trials overseas with the aim of obtaining an indication for depression.
Faced with intensifying competition in new drug discovery, we will jointly implement R&D activities with research institutions outside the Taisho Group, and with companies in Japan and overseas, as we work to enhance our drug development pipeline (lineup of drugs in development). Our goal is to discover many more new drugs, primarily in our priority fields.

Company Taisho Pharmaceutical Holdings Co. Ltd.
Description Topical anti-inflammatory analgesic patch containing S-flurbiprofen
Molecular Target
Mechanism of Action
Therapeutic Modality Small molecule
Latest Stage of Development Phase III
Standard Indication Osteoarthritis
Indication Details Treat osteoarthritis (OA) and scapulohumeral periarthritis
Regulatory Designation


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Scheme 2.

Reagents and conditions: (a) THF, EDC, Et3N; (b) TFA; (c) 0.5 equiv 2,5-dimethoxybenzoquinone, EtOH, 50–80 °C for 3–5 h; (d) 1 equiv naphthoquinone, MeOH, rt, overnight.


Preparation of R – (+) _ flurbiprofen:

[0027] The racemic flurbiprofen as a starting material, to obtain an intermediate product of formula I as shown and then the ester prepared as shown in Formula II with 5-isosorbide monobenzyl ether, ester hydrolysis after obtained R – (+) – flurbiprofen;


Figure CN104478703AD00061

[0029] wherein, in formula I, X is Cl or Br;

[0030] (2) by the R – (+) _ flurbiprofen obtained (RS) – flurbiprofen:

[0031] The R _ (+) _ flurbiprofen 200mg, potassium hydroxide 150mg, 0. 5mL water into IOmL reaction flask and heated to 120 ° C and held for 2h, then water was added 15mL, cooled to room temperature, the resulting stirring the mixed solution with 10% hydrochloric acid to pH = 0. 5, extracted with ethyl acetate, combined several layers, washed with water until neutral, the organic solvent is recovered, the resulting residue was added at 60~90 ° C under an appropriate amount of petroleum ether by recrystallization, obtained (RS) – flurbiprofen 100mg, 50% yield.

[0032] (3) Preparation of (S) -⑴- flurbiprofen:

[0033] In 25mL single-necked flask, followed by adding (RS) – flurbiprofen 123mg, Portugal TOA 29. 8mg, isopropanol lmL, the mixture was stirred at reflux until clear, half the amount of the solvent evaporated under reduced pressure except , set the refrigerator overnight. The precipitate was collected by suction filtration as white crystals, after washing a small amount of isopropanol, which was dissolved in water, washed with 10% aqueous sodium hydroxide (10% NaOH mean mass fraction) adjusted pH = 13, the sheet-like precipitate was filtered off Portuguese octylamine white crystals. The resulting filtrate was added dropwise with stirring 10% hydrochloric acid to pH = 1, extracted with ethyl acetate, the organic layer was washed with water to recover the solvent, the resulting residue was purified by an appropriate amount of petroleum ether and recrystallized at 60~90 ° C. The product was collected by filtration, and dried in vacuo to give a white (S) – (+) _ flurbiprofen needle crystal 45. 3mg, 65% yield, mp 102~103 ° C, [α] = + 44 ° (C = 1, methanol), ee value of 92.6% (ee value measurement method: (S) – (+) – flurbiprofen after chiral amine derivatization reagents, by HPLC analysis).

[0034] wherein in step (3) is a byproduct eleven R _ (+) _ flurbiprofen, its follow step (1) of racemic reused.

[0035] Step (1) of the specific operation is as follows:

[0036] (la) 1:. Synthesis of 2,6-sorbitol dehydration -D- -5- benzyl ether: 4: 3

[0037] 250ml volumetric flask isosorbide 18. 25g (125mmol), lithium hydroxide monohydrate 5. 25g (125mmol) and 60ml of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), heated to 90 ° C, stirred for 30min, constant pressure equalizing dropping funnel was added dropwise benzyl chloride 14. 4ml (125mmol), 90 ° C the reaction 19-20h, reaction mixture was adjusted to pH 1 with 2M hydrochloric acid, extracted with ethyl acetate (50ml * 3), the organic layers combined, washed with water ( 30ml * 2), dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate overnight, filtered and concentrated residue Cheng baby gel column chromatography (petroleum ether: ethyl acetate = 5: 1) to give a cream solid, that is 1: 4: 3: 2,6 Dehydration -D- sorbitol -5- benzyl ether 24. 5g, m.p. 59 ~61 ° C.

[0038] (Ib) · 2- (2- fluoro-4-biphenylyl) propionyl chloride Synthesis

[0039] 50ml vial before racemic flurbiprofen was added 2. 44g (IOmmol), anhydrous toluene 20ml, freshly distilled thionyl chloride was added dropwise 0. 8ml (Ilmmol), N, N- dimethylformamide amide (DMF) 2 dropwise, stirred at room temperature 2h, the solvent was distilled off under reduced pressure to give a pale yellow gum, i.e., 2- (2-fluoro-4-biphenylyl) propionyl chloride, it was used directly in the reaction without isolation.

[0040] (lc). R-2- (2- fluoro-4-biphenylyl) propionic acid 5- isosorbide monobenzyl ether ester synthesis

[0041] The (Ib) resulting acid chloride was dissolved in 20ml of dry toluene was added dropwise at room temperature, dimethyl amine 3. 5ml, solid precipitation, stirred for about Ih, ice salt bath, a bath temperature of minus 10-15Ό, stirred at this temperature IOmin so, and then the constant pressure dropping funnel (Ia) 5 isosorbide monobenzyl ether (2. 83g, 12mmol) in toluene, keeping the reaction temperature, stirring 8h. The ice bath was removed and the reaction mixture under reduced pressure to remove the solvent, the residue was extracted with ethyl acetate. The extract was washed with water, dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate overnight, ethyl acetate was removed under reduced pressure, the residue was a white gel, recrystallized from petroleum ether to give a white solid that R-2- (2- fluoro-4-biphenylyl) propionic acid 5- isosorbide monobenzyl ether ester 3. 65g (7. 88mmol), in order to put the racemic flurbiprofen yield based on 78.8%.

[0042] (ld) R – Synthesis of flurbiprofen – (+)

[0043] Under ice bath (Ic) obtained R-2- (2- fluoro-4-biphenylyl) propionic acid monobenzyl ether isosorbide 5- ester 2. 3Ig (5mmol) was dissolved in 20ml of acetone / water (1/1) was added Iml hydrochloric acid to adjust pH to 3, stirred for 3-4h, the reaction solution was extracted with ethyl acetate (20ml * 2), sash organic layer was washed with ice (10ml * 2), dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate overnight , filtration, and the filtrate was concentrated, the residue was recrystallized from ether to give white crystals, i.e. L-flurbiprofen 1.02g (4 18mmol.), yield 83.5%, optical purity 93% (HPLC method); input-racemic flurbiprofen dollars, the total yield of 78.8% * 83.5% = 65.8%.

[0044] Step (1) reaction of the formula:


Figure CN104478703AD00071



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