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.

A synthetic, topical retinoid. Tazarotene induces the expression of tazarotene-induced gene 3 (TIG3), a tumor suppressor gene. In psoriasis, tazarotene normalizes abnormal keratinocyte differentiation and reduces their hyperproliferation. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

US brand name:Avage
Foreign brand name:Retisol-A
Stieva-A Forte
Code name:AGN-190168
Chemical structure:
  • 6-[(3,4-dihydro-4,4-dimethyl-2H-1-benzothiopyran-6-yl)ethynyl]- 3-Pyridinecarboxylic Acid, Ethyl Ester
  • Ethyl 6-(2-(4,4-Dimethylthiochroman-6-yl)ethynyl)nicotinate