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Expert Rev Hematol. 2021 Oct 16. doi: 10.1080/17474086.2021.1995348. Online ahead of print.


INTRODUCTION: Drug repositioning (DR) is defined as determining new therapeutic applications for existing drugs. This approach is advantageous over de novo drug discovery in accelerating clinical development, in terms of lower costs, a shortened development period, a well-known action mechanism, a feasible dosage, and an acceptable safety profile.

AREAS COVERED: This work was aimed at reviewing agents with successful DR in hematology.

EXPERT OPINION: Thalidomide and plerixafor have been successfully repositioned for treating multiple myeloma and harvesting peripheral blood stem cells, respectively. The former was originally developed as a sedative and the latter as an anti-HIV drug. Currently, the feasibility of repositioning various agents is being explored (e.g., an anti-influenza virus drug oseltamivir for primary immune thrombocytopenia, an anti-HIV drug abacavir for adult T-cell leukemia, and a macrolide antibiotic clarithromycin for multiple myeloma). Furthermore, bosutinib for chronic myeloid leukemia or the antiplatelet drug cilostazol have been suggested to have clinical benefits for the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and ischemic stroke, respectively. To promote DR, effective application of artificial intelligence or stem cell models, comprehensive database construction shared between academia and pharmaceutical companies, suitable handling of drug patents, and wide cooperation in the area of specialty are warranted.

PMID:34657533 | DOI:10.1080/17474086.2021.1995348

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