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In the US, Pemetrexed (pemetrexed systemic) is a member of the drug class antimetabolites and is used to treat Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories


Cytostatic agent

Thymidylate synthase inhibitor

Chemical Names

N-[p-[2-(2-amino-4,7-dihydro-4-oxo-1H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidin-5-yl)etyl]benzoyl]-L-glutamic acid (WHO)

N-{4-[2-(2-Amino-4,7-dihydro-4-oxo-1H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidin-5-yl)etyl]benzoyl}-L-glutaminsäure (IUPAC)

Foreign Names

  • Pemetrexedum (Latin)
  • Pemetrexed (German)
  • Pemetrexed (French)
  • Pemetrexed (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Pemetrexed (OS: BAN)
  • Pemetrexed disodium heptahydrate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Pemetrexed Disodium (OS: USAN, BANM)
  • LY 231514 (IS: Lilly)
  • Pemetrexed disodium 2.5 hydrate (IS)
  • Pemetrexed disodium hemipentahydrate (IS)
  • Pemetrexed sodium hydrate (IS: 2:4:5)
  • UNII-F4GSH45R4C (IS)

Brand Names

  • Alimta
    Eli Lilly, Argentina; Eli Lilly, Cyprus; Eli Lilly, Poland; Lilly, China; Lilly, Egypt; Lilly, Lebanon; Lilly, Tunisia; Lilly, Turkey; Lilly, Vietnam; Lilly France, Macedonia
  • Amtiris
    Actavis, Switzerland
  • Enzastar
    Laboratorio LKM, Vietnam
  • Holista
    Fada Pharma, Argentina
  • Martxel
    Eriochem, Bosnia & Herzegowina
  • Pemetrexed Glenmark
    Glenmark, Argentina
  • Pemetrexed Hospira
    Hospira, Hong Kong
  • Pemtrex
    Koçak, Turkey
  • Praxed
    Aspen, Argentina
  • Sukuba
    Bioprofarma, Argentina
  • Trexam
    Richmond, Argentina
  • Trextech
    BIOTECHNO PH, Argentina
  • Venusted
    Microsules Arg, Argentina
  • Alimta
    Eli Lilly, Australia; Eli Lilly, Belgium; Eli Lilly, Switzerland; Eli Lilly, Hong Kong; Eli Lilly, Croatia (Hrvatska); Eli Lilly, Ireland; Eli Lilly, Japan; Eli Lilly, Lithuania; Eli Lilly, Malaysia; Eli Lilly, Philippines; Eli Lilly, Serbia; Eli Lilly, Russian Federation; Eli Lilly, Thailand; Eli Lilly and Company, United Kingdom; Eli Lilly and Company, United States; Eli Lilly de Chile, Chile; Eli Lilly Nederland, Austria; Eli Lilly Nederland, Hungary; Lilly, Bosnia & Herzegowina; Lilly, Canada; Lilly, Czech Republic; Lilly, Germany; Lilly, Denmark; Lilly, Ecuador; Lilly, Spain; Lilly, Finland; Lilly, France; Lilly, Indonesia; Lilly, Israel; Lilly, Iceland; Lilly, Italy; Lilly, Norway; Lilly, New Zealand; Lilly, Sweden; Lilly, Slovakia; Lilly, Taiwan; Lilly, South Africa; Lilly-Pharmaserve, Greece; Eli Lilly, Mexico
  • Altima
    Lilly, Oman
  • Asocapul
    Asofarma de Mexico, Mexico
  • Lekarna
    Complex Therapeutics, Chile
  • Lidoras
    Tuteur, Argentina
  • Pemeker
    Tecnofarma, Chile
  • Pemetrexed Disodium
    Sinensix, Vietnam
  • Pemetrexed Menarini
    Menarini, Switzerland
  • Pemetrexed-Nanjing Pharm
    Nanjing Pharmaceutical Factory, China
  • Pemetrexed-Teva
    Teva Pharma, Switzerland
  • Pemotide
    Torrent, India
  • Peymetrel
    Dosa, Argentina
  • Pu Lai Le
    Hansoh Pharmaceutical, China
  • Trixid
    Egis, Netherlands
  • Yiluoze
    Wanbang Biochemical Pharmaceutical Company, China
  • Pemetrexed Sandoz
    Sandoz, Switzerland


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
IUPACInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
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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