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



CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Therapeutic Category

Antianemic agent, treatment of iron deficiency

Chemical Names

(Dextran)(glucoheptonic acid)hydroxyoxoiron (WHO)

Macromolecular complex of iron(III) hydroxyde and dextranglucoheptonic acid (BAN)

Foreign Names

  • Gleptoferronum (Latin)
  • Gleptoferron (German)
  • Gleptoferron (French)
  • Gleptoferron (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Gleptoferron (OS: BAN, USAN)
  • Eisen(III)-hydroxid-Dextran-Heptonsäure-Komplex (IS)
  • Eisen-hydroxid-Dextran-Glucoheptonsäure-Komplex (IS)
  • Heptomer (IS: Fisons)

Brand Names

  • Cosmofer
    Purissimus, Argentina
  • Ferroferon (veterinary use)
    iron4u, Belgium
  • Ferrohipra (veterinary use)
    Hipra, Belgium
  • Gleptosil (veterinary use)
    Alstoe, United Kingdom; Alstoe, Netherlands; Alstoe, Norway; Alstoe, Poland; Arovet, Switzerland; Ceva, Germany; Ceva AH, South Africa; Ceva Sante Animale, Ireland; Ceva Santé Animale, France; Izo, Italy; Pharmaxim, Sweden; Pharmaxim vet, Finland; Sogeval, United States
  • Heptomer (veterinary use)
    Sogeval, United States
  • Imposil (veterinary use)
    Alstoe, United Kingdom; Alstoe, Netherlands; Izo, Italy
  • Prolongal (veterinary use)
    Bayer Animal Health, Belgium; Bayer Santé Animale, France
  • Ursoferran (veterinary use)
    Serumber, Germany; WDT, Germany


BANBritish Approved Name
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name
WHOWorld Health Organization

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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