A drug that is used in the management of inflammatory bowel diseases, its activity is generally considered to lie in its metabolic breakdown product, 5-aminosalicylic acid (mesalazine) released in the colon. It is also used in the treatment of severe or progressive rheumatoid arthritis not responding to analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Chemical name: Benzoic acid, 2-hydroxy-5-((4-((2-pyridinylamino)sulfonyl)phenyl)azo)-
(12 Dec 1998)
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