NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

anagrelide prolonged-release formulation
A prolonged-release tablet formulation containing the quinazoline anagrelide, with antiplatelet activity. Although the exact mechanism of action through which anagrelide exerts its effect has yet to be fully elucidated, this agent inhibits the maturation of megakaryocytes into platelets, which reduces platelet production. Anagrelide also inhibits cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase III (PDEIII), which prevents PDEIII-mediated platelet aggregation. This may prevent essential thrombocythemia and thrombosis. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:anagrelide retard