Dactinomycin (Cosmegen)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Antibiotic oncologic, intercalates between guanine and cytosine DNA base pairs, inhibiting DNA and RNA synthesis.[1][2]
Route: IV
Extravasation: vesicant

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Diseases for which it is used

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • 12/10/1964: Initial FDA approval
  • Unclear date: Approved as part of a combination chemotherapy and/or multi-modality treatment regimen for the treatment of Wilms tumor, childhood rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma and metastatic, nonseminomatous testicular cancer.
  • Unclear date: Approved as a single agent, or as part of a combination chemotherapy regimen, for the treatment of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia.
  • Unclear date: Approved as a component of regional perfusion for the palliative and/or adjunctive treatment of locally recurrent or locoregional solid malignancies.

Also known as

  • Generic names: AC-DE, actinomycin D
  • Brand names: Cosmegen, Dacmozen, Lyovac