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Soft and hard drugs

  2. 2. SELECTION OR SYNTHESIS OF HARD AND SOFT DRUGS•Drugs are divided into two types based on theirMetabolic susceptibility•1)Hard drugs: these can be defined as drugs that arebiologically active and non metabolizable in vivo eg:enalaprilat, lisinopril, cromolyn, and bisphophonates•2)Soft drugs: these can be defined as drugs thatAre produce predictable and controllable in vivometabolism to form nontoxic product after they haveshown their therapeutic role.• eg: cetyl pyridinium chlorides, soft cloramine
  3. 3. • Hard drugs:• Hard drugs are those that are resistant to metabolism, hence avoid problems caused by reactive intermediates and some times these are remain unchanged in the body• These are characterized by high lipid solubility , accumulation in adipose tissue and organelles are high water solubility• A few successful examples of hard drugs include bisphosphonates and ACE inhibitors.
  4. 4. • Hard drugs are divided into two types;• 1)High lipid-soluble drugs:• In this compounds the metabolically sensitive parts are blocked by “stearic packing” (or) by substitution of hydrogen atom with halogen• Eg: hard celecoxib
  5. 5. • 2)High water -soluble drugs:• These drugs lack substrate properties to the metabolizing enzymes• Their biological half life is very short and these are very potent compounds• eg:cromoglicic acid
  6. 6. Soft Drug• Soft drugs are biologically active drugs designed to have a predictable and controllable metabolism to nontoxic and inactive products after they have achieved their desired pharmacological effect.• The molecule could be deactivated and detoxified shortly after it has exerted its biological effect, the therapeutic index could be increased, providing a safer drug.
  7. 7. Feature• It has a close structural similarity to the lead;• It has a metabolically sensitive moiety built into the lead structure;• The incorporated metabolically sensitive spot does not affect the overall physicochemical or steric properties of the lead compound
  8. 8. Advantages• Elimination of toxic metabolites, thereby increasing the therapeutic index of the drug;• Avoidance of pharmacologically active metabolites that can lead to long-term effects;• Elimination of drug interactions resulting from metabolite inhibition of enzymes;• Simplification of pharmacokinetic problems caused by multiple active species.
  9. 9. The difference between prodrugs and soft durgs• The concepts of prodrugs and soft drugs are opposite, as follow:• A prodrugs is an inactive compound that requires a metabolic conversion to the active form;• A soft drug is pharmacologically active and uses metabolism as a means of promoting excretion
  10. 10. • However, it is possible to design a pro-soft drug, a modified soft drug that requires metabolic activation for conversion to the active soft drug.• It is not possible to prepare soft-pro drug
  11. 11. • Classification of soft drugs:• Soft drugs are divided by Bodor into five different groups1.Soft analogs2.Activated soft compounds3.Natural soft Drugs4.Soft Drugs based on active metabolite approach5.Soft Drugs based on inactive metabolite approach
  12. 12. • Soft analogs:• Soft analogs are close structural analogs of known active drugs or bio active compounds• These compounds have a specific “metabolically sensitive spot built into their structure which provide their one-step controllable detoxification .• These sensitive spots are not oxidizable alkyl chains or functional groups subjected to conjugation .• The designed detoxification will take place as soon as possible after the desired activity is achieved
  13. 13. • The simplest example of the soft analog is the isosteric analog (II) of cetylpyridinium chloride (I) which is a hard quaternary antimicrobial agent
  14. 14. • Activated soft compounds:• These compounds are not the analogs of known drugs• These are designed by introducing a pharmacophoric group in a nontoxic inactive compound in order to activate it to exhibit a certain pharmacological activity.• In vivo the activated form will lose the activating group and revert to the original nontoxic compound
  15. 15. Eg: soft chloramine are less corrosive(where thechlorine atom attached to hetero atom) than theconventional chloraminesEg: chloramine-T is available in salt form so it is lesscorrosive
  16. 16. • Natural soft drugs:• The endogenous substances can be considerd as natural soft drugs since the body possesses efficient,fast metabolic pathways for their deposition without going through highly reactive intermediates• Ex: neurotransmitters, steroidal hormones
  17. 17. Eg: the use of di esters of adrenalone todeliver the epinephrine the eye via combinedreduction and hydrolysis process .
  18. 18. • Soft Drugs based on active metabolite approach:• Some drugs under go step wise biotransformation giving intermediates and structural analogs with which have activity similar to that of the original molecules .• According to Bodor it is preferable to use as the drug of choice an active species which under goes a one step ,singular, predictable metabolic deactivation.
  19. 19. • Eg: Oxyphenbutazone the active p-hydroxy metabolite of phenylbutazone• Oxazepam the common active metabolite of chlordiazepoxide, halazepam, chlorazepate and diazepam
  20. 20. • Soft Drugs based on inactive metabolite approach:• This is done by three stepsa)Activation stage: chemical modification of a known “inactive metabolite of a drug (by iso sterism ), this metabolite used as a lead compound.b)Predictable metabolism: design of structure of new soft analog in such a way that its metabolism will yield the starting inactive metabolite in one step without going through toxic intermediate
  21. 21. c)Controllable metabolism: control of transportand binding properties as well as rate ofmetabolism and pharmacokinetics by molecularmodification.• Eg:Chlofenotane, the acidic metabolite “v” which is inactive of relatively low toxicity excreted as water soluble species, it is lead compound for the inactive metabolite approach• That is the ethylester of clofenotane
  22. 22. References:Andrejus Korolkovas ESSENTIALS OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, 2ND EDFriary, R. Jobs in the Drug Industry A Career Guide for Chemists; Academic Press:San Diego, CA, 2000.Thomas, G. Medicinal Chemistry An Introduction; John Wiley & Sons: New York, NY,2000.Williams, D. A.; Lemke, T.L. Foyes Principles of Medicinal Chemistry; LippincottWilliams & Wilkins: Baltimore, MD, 2002.