Deferiprone (trade name Ferriprox) is an iron chelator indicated for the treatment of patients with transfusional iron overload due to thalassemia syndromes when current chelation therapy is inadequate. Deferiprone is an orally bioavailable bidentate ligand with iron chelating activity. Deferiprone binds to iron in a 3:1 (ligand:iron) molar ratio. By binding to iron, deferiprone is able to remove excess iron from the body. All the adverse effects of deferiprone are considered reversible, controllable and manageable. These include agranulocytosis with frequency of about 0.6%, neutropenia 6%, musculoskeletal and joint pains 15%, gastrointestinal complains 6% and zinc deficiency 1%. NCATS
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