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NCI Drug Dictionary


deferoxamine mesylate 
The mesylate salt of an iron-chelating agent that binds free iron in a stable complex, preventing it from engaging in chemical reactions. Deferoxamine chelates iron from intra-lysosomal ferritin and ferrioxamine, a water-soluble complex excreted by the kidneys and in the feces via the bile. This agent does not readily chelate iron bound to transferrin, hemoglobin, myoglobin or cytochrome. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonym:deferoxamine methanesulfonate
US brand name:Desferal