Chemical formula: C₇₈H₁₁₁N₂₁O₁₉  Molecular mass: 1,646.845 g/mol  PubChem compound: 16197727

Active ingredient description

Afamelanotide is a synthetic tridecapeptide and a structural analogue of α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH). Afamelanotide is a melanocortin receptor agonist and binds predominantly to the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R). Afamelanotide is thought to mimic the endogenous compound’s pharmacological activity by activating the synthesis of eumelanin mediated by the MC1R receptor. Eumelanin contributes to photoprotection through different mechanisms.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code Group title Classification
D02BB02 D Dermatologicals → D02 Emollients and protectives → D02B Protectives against UV-radiation → D02BB Protectives against UV-radiation for systemic use
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Product monographs

Competent medicine agencies globally have authorized commercialization of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title Information Source Document Type  
SCENESSE Implant European Medicines Agency (EU) MPI, EU: SmPC

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 75921-69-6
DrugBank Drug: DB04931
KEGG Drug: D10511
PubChem Compound: 16197727
RxNorm Ingredient: 2262250
SNOMED-CT Concept: 819968004
Afamelanotide (substance)
UNII Identifier: QW68W3J66U


Afamelanotide is an active ingredient of these brands:

United States (US)

Austria (AT)

Croatia (HR)

Estonia (EE)

Finland (FI)

Ireland (IE)

Italy (IT)

Lithuania (LT)

Netherlands (NL)

Poland (PL)

United Kingdom (UK)

Note the following: The list of brand names is continuously updated, and thus does not include the total of products circulating worldwide.

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