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Farmaco (Societa chimica italiana : 1989)

Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of levodropropizine.


PMID 14505734

Abstract

Levodropropizine, an antitussive drug, was prepared in high enantiomeric excess in three steps, starting from dichloroacetone (2). Monosubstitution of 2 with sodium benzoate and subsequent baker's yeast reduction stereoselectively afforded the corresponding chlorohydrin in 73% ee, which was converted to levodropropizine and enantiomerically enriched up to 95% ee by fractional crystallisation.