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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 92, No. 11, 2016, pp.1983-1993
Published online, 11th October, 2016
DOI: 10.3987/COM-16-13538
A Concise and Highly Efficient Synthesis of Praziquantel as an Anthelmintic Drug

Zhezhou Yang, Lin Zhang, Huirong Jiao, Rusheng Bao, Weiwei Xu, and Fuli Zhang*

*Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, China State Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, 285 Gebaini Road, Shanghai 201203, China


A concise and practical synthesis of praziquantel as anthelmintic drug is described. The key steps include a monoalkylation of ethanolamine for the preparation of 2-(2-hydroxyethylamino)-N-phenethylacetamide and a mild oxidation protocol with SO3-Py/DMSO as oxidant to transform alcohol into the corresponding aza-acetal. The telescoped synthesis is composed of five steps without purification of the intermediates, providing an overall yield of 80% with 99.8% purity after crystallization.