We previously reported that 2-fluoroloxoprofen has lower gastric ulcerogenic activity than loxoprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) without selectivity for COX-2. We synthesized derivatives of 2-fluoroloxoprofen and studied their properties. Compared to 2-fluoroloxoprofen, one derivative, 11a, exhibited higher anti-inflammatory activity and an equivalent ulcerogenic effect. These results suggest that 11a could be therapeutically beneficial for use as an NSAID.
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