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Systematic (IUPAC) name
Clinical data
PubChem CID 64627
ChemSpider 58188
Chemical data
Formula C20H28N4O2
356.46 g/mol

Rolofylline (KW-3902) is an experimental diuretic which acts as a selective adenosine A1 receptor antagonist.[1][2] It was discovered at NovaCardia, Inc. which was purchased by Merck & Co., Inc. in 2007.

Development of rolofylline was terminated on September 1, 2009, after the results of a large clinical trial (PROTECT) showed the drug to be no better than placebo for patients with acute heart failure. Participants given rolofylline did show some improvement in shortness of breath, but the drug did not prevent kidney damage or have any significant effect on overall treatment success. Rolofylline was also associated with a higher incidence of seizures and stroke.[3]


  1. ^ Givertz MM, Massie BM, Fields TK, Pearson LL, Dittrich HC (October 2007). "The effects of KW-3902, an adenosine A1-receptor antagonist,on diuresis and renal function in patients with acute decompensated heart failure and renal impairment or diuretic resistance". J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 50 (16): 1551–60. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2007.07.019. PMID 17936154. 
  2. ^ Cotter G, Dittrich HC, Weatherley BD, Bloomfield DM, O'Connor CM, Metra M, Massie BM (October 2008). "The PROTECT pilot study: a randomized, placebo-controlled, dose-finding study of the adenosine A1 receptor antagonist rolofylline in patients with acute heart failure and renal impairment". Journal of Cardiac Failure 14 (8): 631–40. doi:10.1016/j.cardfail.2008.08.010. PMID 18926433. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Sue (September 1, 2009). "Rolofylline fails to PROTECT in acute heart failure". Medscape. Retrieved 2009-09-02.