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Scientific Name: Trifluridine
Brand Name: Lonsurf, Viroptic
Company Owner: Alcon laboratories inc, Monarch pharmaceuticals inc
Mechanism Of Action The mechanism of action of trifluridine as an antiviral agent has not been fully elucidated, but appears to involve the inhibition of viral replication. Trifluridine gets incorporated into viral DNA during replication, which leads to the formation of defective proteins and an increased mutation rate. Trifluridine also mediates antineoplastic activities via this mechanism; following uptake into cancer cells, trifluridine is rapidly phosphorylated by thymidine kinase to its active monophosphate form
Description of the Drug: Trifluridine is a nucleoside metabolic inhibitor used to treat keratoconjunctivitis and epithelial keratitis caused by simplex virus, and as a part of chemotherapy for certain types of metastatic gastrointestinal cancers.
Protein Data Bank: Not Available
Source: DrugBank Online – Retrieved 2023-01-23 from