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.

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An orally bioavailable derivative of thalidomide with potential immunomodulating, antiangiogenic and antineoplastic activities. Although its exact mechanism of action has yet to be fully elucidated, pomalidomide appears to inhibit TNF-alpha production, enhance the activity of T cells and natural killer (NK) cells and enhance antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). In addition, pomalidomide may inhibit tumor angiogenesis, promote cell cycle arrest in susceptible tumor cell populations, and stimulate erythropoeisis. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

US brand name:Pomalyst
Foreign brand name:Imnovid
Code name:CC-4047
Chemical structure:
  • 1H-Isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione, 4-amino-2-(2,6-dioxo-3-piperidinyl)-
  • 4-amino-2-[(3RS)-2,6-dioxopiperidin-3-yl)-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione