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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Novobiocin is a member of the drug class miscellaneous antibiotics.



CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


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Chemical Names

7-(Carbamoyltetrahydro-3-hydroxy-5-metoxy-6,6-dimetylpyran-2-yloxy)-4-hydroxy-3-[4-hydroxy-3-(3-metylbut-2-enyl)benzamide]-8-metyl-2H-chromen-2-one (WHO)

7-[3-(O-Carbamoyl)-4-(O-metyl)-5,5-dimetyl-α-L-lyxopyranosyloxy]-4-hydroxy-3-[4-hydroxy-3-(3-metylbut-2-enyl)benzamido]-8-metylcumarin (IUPAC)

Foreign Names

  • Novobiocinum (Latin)
  • Novobiocin (German)
  • Novobiocine (French)
  • Novobiocina (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Novobiocin (OS: BAN)
  • Novobiocine (OS: DCF)
  • U 6591 (IS)
  • Novobiocin Sodium (OS: BANM, JAN)
  • Cathocin (IS)
  • Streptonivicin (IS)
  • Novobiocin Sodium (PH: BP 1973, USP 37)
  • Novobiocina sodica (PH: F.U. VIII)
  • Novobiocine monosodique (PH: Ph. Franç. 11)

Brand Names

  • Special Formula 17900 Forte V (Novobiocin and Neomycin, + Dihydrostreptomycin (veterinary use))
    Zoetis Australia, Australia
  • Tetra-Delta Milkin Cow (Novobiocin and Neomycin, + Penicillin, + Dihydrostreptomycin, + Prednisolone (veterinary use))
    Pfizer Animal Health, Ireland

International Drug Name Search


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
IUPACInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
WHOWorld Health Organization

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Important Notice: The international database is in BETA release. This means it is still under development and may contain inaccuracies. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of any medication in any country is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult with your healthcare professional before taking any medication.