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Porfimer Sodium



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Therapeutic Categories

Antineoplastic agent

Photosensitizing agent

Chemical Name

Polyporphrin oligomer containing ester and eter linkage

Foreign Names

  • Porfimerum natricum (Latin)
  • Porfimer natrium (German)
  • Porfimère sodique (French)
  • Porfimer sodico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Porfimer Sodium (OS: USAN, BAN, JAN)
  • CL 184116 (IS: Cyanamid)
  • DHE (IS)
  • Dihaematoporphyrin Ether (IS)
  • Dihematoporphyrin Ether (IS)
  • Photofrin II (IS: WHO)

Brand Names

  • PhotoBarr
    Pinnacle, Lithuania
  • Photofrin
    Axcan, Taiwan; Bioprojet, France; Galenica, Greece; Pfizer Japan, Japan; Pinnacle Biologics, United States


BANBritish Approved Name
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
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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