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In the US, Saquinavir (saquinavir systemic) is a member of the drug class protease inhibitors and is used to treat HIV Infection, Nonoccupational Exposure and Occupational Exposure.

US matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Antiviral agent

Treatment of HIV infection

HIV protease inhibitor

Chemical Name

(S)-N-[(αS)-α-[(1R)-2-[(3S,4aS,8aS)-3-(tert-Butylcarbamoyl)octahydro-2(1H)-isoquinolyl]-1-hydroxyetyl]phenetyl]-2-quinaldamido succinamide

Foreign Names

  • Saquinavirum (Latin)
  • Saquinavir (German)
  • Saquinavir (French)
  • Saquinavir (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Saquinavir (OS: USAN, BAN, JAN)
  • Compound XVI (IS)
  • Ro 31-8959 (IS: Roche)
  • Ro 31-8959/000 (IS: HoffmannLaRoc)
  • Saquinavir (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Saquinavirum (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Saquinavir Mesilate (OS: BANM, JAN)
  • Saquinavir Mesylate (OS: USAN)
  • Ro 31-8959/003 (IS: Roche)
  • Saquinavir (mésilate de) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Saquinavir mesilate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Saquinavir Mesilate (PH: BP 2016)
  • Saquinavir Mesylate (PH: Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Saquinaviri mesilas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Saquinaviri mesylas (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Saquinavirmesilat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names

  • Fortovase
    Roche, Bangladesh; Roche, Greece; Roche, Venezuela; Scherrer, China
  • Invirase
    Roche, Greece; Roche, Hong Kong
  • Proteovir
    Richmond, Argentina
  • Saquin
    Hetero, India
  • Fortovase
    Roche, Argentina
  • Invirase
    Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan; F. Hoffmann-La Roche LTD, Serbia; Genentech, United States; Productos Roche, Chile; Roche, Australia; Roche, Belgium; Roche, Brazil; Roche, Canada; Roche, China; Roche, Denmark; Roche, Ecuador; Roche, Spain; Roche, Finland; Roche, France; Roche, Greece; Roche, Iceland; Roche, Italy; Roche, Lithuania; Roche, Mexico; Roche, Netherlands; Roche, Norway; Roche, Oman; Roche, Poland; Roche, Portugal; Roche, Romania; Roche, Serbia; Roche, Sweden; Roche, Uruguay; Roche Products, United Kingdom; Roche Registration, Austria
    Roche, Germany
  • Invi-Rase
    Roche, South Africa
  • Saquinavir Sandoz
    Sandoz, Netherlands


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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