Piperoxan

Piperoxan, also known as benodaine, is a drug which was the very first antihistamine to be discovered.[1][2] This compound, derived from benzodioxan, was prepared in the early 1930s by Daniel Bovet and Ernest Fourneau at the Pasteur Institute in France.[1][2] Formerly investigated by Fourneau as an α-adrenergic-blocking agent, they demonstrated that it also antagonized histamine-induced bronchospasm in guinea pigs, and published their findings in 1933.[1][2][3] Bovet went on to win the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contribution,[4] and one of their students, Anne-Marie Staub, published the first structure-activity relationship (SAR) study of antihistamines in 1939.[1]

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