- Bendamustine is a bifunctional alkylating agent in development as monotherapy and in combination with other agents in the treatment of indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL):
- Synthesized to combine the act ivi t ies of a purine antimetabolite (benzimidazole) with the a lkyl a t ing prope r t i e s of the bi func t iona l mechlorethamine nitrogen mustard1,2
- Converted in vivo to active metabolites: γ-hydroxy bendamustine (M3) and N-desmethyl bendamustine (M4)
- The precise mechanism of action of bendamustine in humans has not been fully characterized, although it differs from other alkylating agents.
American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT); Orlando, Florida; April 2008
By Joel S. Owen, M. Melhem, D. D’Andrea, M. Darwish