Class/mechanism: Purine analog, inhibits DNA synthesis and repair by inhibiting ribonucleotide reductase and competitively inhibiting DNA polymerases. It also causes apoptosis by disrupting the integrity of the mitochondrial membrane, triggering the release of cytochrome C and apoptosis-inducing factor, which are pro-apoptotic mitochondrial proteins.
Route: IV, PO
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Diseases for which it is used
Patient drug information
- Brief patient counseling information can be found at the bottom of page 2 of the package insert
- Clofarabine (Clolar) patient drug information (UpToDate)
History of changes in FDA indication
- 12/28/2004: Initial FDA approval "for the treatment of pediatric patients 1 to 21 years old with relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia after at least two prior regimens."
Also known as
- Generic names: klofarabin
- Brand names: Clolar, Evoltra, Evorabin