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Trade namesClozaprexin
Other namesDocosahexaenoyl clozapine
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Molar mass637.31 g·mol−1
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DHA-clozapine (tentative trade name Clozaprexin)[1] is an atypical antipsychotic drug candidate that was created and originally tested by chemists at Protarga, a small pharmaceutical in Pennsylvania, and scientists at Harvard University.[2]

It is a prodrug of clozapine; the fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was added to clozapine in order to increase penetration of the blood–brain barrier.[3]

Protarga was purchased by Luitpold Pharmaceuticals in 2003 and development was discontinued in 2007.[1]


  1. ^ a b "DHA-clozapine". AdisInsight. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ Rosack, Jim (4 May 2001). "Targaceuticals Point Way To Developing Safer Drugs". Psychiatric News. doi:10.1176/pn.36.9.0036.
  3. ^ Baldessarini RJ, Campbell A, Webb NL, Swindell CS, Flood JG, Shashoua VE, et al. (January 2001). "Fatty acid derivatives of clozapine: prolonged antidopaminergic activity of docosahexaenoylclozapine in the rat". Neuropsychopharmacology. 24 (1): 55–65. doi:10.1016/S0893-133X(00)00173-1. PMID 11106876.