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|Abstract:||Disclosed is a new process for producing finasteride which involves reacting the magnesium halide salt of 17.beta.-carboalkoxy-4-aza-5.alpha.-androst-1-en-3-one with t-butylamino magnesium halide, present in at least a 2:1 molar ratio to the ester, formed from t-butyl amine and an aliphatic/aryl magnesium halide at ambient temperature in an inert organic solvent under an inert atmosphere followed by heating and recovering the product finasteride. Also disclosed are two polymorphic crystalline Forms I and II of finasteride, and methods of their production.|
|Inventor(s):||Dolling; Ulf H. (Westfield, NJ), McCauley; James A. (Belle Mead, NJ), Varsolona; Richard J. (Scotch Plains, NJ)|
|Assignee:||Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ)|
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|Country||Document Number||Publication Date||Supplementary Protection Certificate||SPC Country||SPC Expiration|
|European Patent Office||0823436||Feb 11, 1998|
|Cyprus||2135||May 21, 2002|
|Iceland||4286||May 20, 1994|
|Norway||307609||May 02, 2000|
|Japan||2742409||Apr 22, 1998|
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