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  • (RS)-1-Phenyl-2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)hexan-1-one
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  • C1(=CC=CC=C1)C(C(CCCC)N2CCCC2)=O
  • InChI=1S/C16H23NO/c1-2-3-11-15(17-12-7-8-13-17)16(18)14-9-5-4-6-10-14/h4-6,9-10,15H,2-3,7-8,11-13H2,1H3

α-Pyrrolidinohexiophenone (α-PHP, alpha-PHP, α-Pyrrolidinohexanophenone, PV-7) is a synthetic stimulant drug of the cathinone class developed in the 1960s[1] which has been reported as a novel designer drug.[2][3][4][5][6]

Similar chemical compounds[edit]

α-Pyrrolidinohexiophenone is a longer chain homologue of α-PVP, having an extra carbon on the alkyl side chain. Regarding the potency of alpha-PHP in the brain, chemist Michael H. Baumann of the Designer Drug Research Unit (established by Baumann[7]) of the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated: "alpha-PHP might be even more potent than alpha-PVP"; this statement is based on laboratory tests of chemical reactivity.[8]

Pyrovalerone is a structural isomer of alpha-PHP.[9]


In the United States, α-PHP is again on a Temporary Placement, in the past it has expired without renewal or permanent placement.[10]

The President of the Republic of Italy classified cathinone and all structurally derived analogues (including pyrovalerone analogues) as narcotics on January 2012.[11][12]

Sweden's public health agency suggested to classify α-PHP as narcotic on June 1, 2015.[13]

As of October 2015, α-PHP is a controlled substance in China.[14]

In December 2019, the UNODC announced scheduling recommendations placing Alpha-PHP into Schedule II.[15]

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  1. ^ "US Patent 3314970 - α-Pyrrolidino ketones". Ernst Seeger. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  2. ^ Nahoko Uchiyama; Yoshihiko Shimokawa; Maiko Kawamura; Ruri Kikura-Hanajiri; Takashi Hakamatsuka (August 2014). "Chemical analysis of a benzofuran derivative, 2-(2-ethylaminopropyl)benzofuran (2-EAPB), eight synthetic cannabinoids, five cathinone derivatives, and five other designer drugs newly detected in illegal products". Forensic Toxicology. 32 (2): 266–281. doi:10.1007/s11419-014-0238-5. S2CID 11873421.
  3. ^ Milena Majchrzak; Marcin Rojkiewicz; Rafał Celiński; Piotr Kuś; Mieczysław Sajewicz (October 2015). "Identification and characterization of new designer drug 4-fluoro-PV9 and α-PHP in the seized materials". Forensic Toxicology. 34: 115–124. doi:10.1007/s11419-015-0295-4. PMC 4705138. PMID 26793278.
  4. ^ Michael Paul; Sergej Bleicher; Susanne Guber; Josef Ippisch; Aldo Polettini; Wolfgang Schultis (November 2015). "Identification of phase I and II metabolites of the new designer drug α-pyrrolidinohexiophenone (α-PHP) in human urine by liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF-MS)". Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 50 (11): 1305–1317. Bibcode:2015JMSp...50.1305P. doi:10.1002/jms.3642. PMID 26505776.
  5. ^ "α-Pyrrolidinohexanophenone". Cayman Chemical. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  6. ^ Janez Klavž; Maksimiljan Gorenjak; Martin Marinšek (August 2016). "Suicide attempt with a mix of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones: Case report of non-fatal intoxication with AB-CHMINACA, AB-FUBINACA, alpha-PHP, alpha-PVP and 4-CMC". Forensic Science International. 265: 121–124. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.01.018. PMID 26890319.
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  8. ^ - author: Jeff Wise
  9. ^ Meltzer PC, Butler D, Deschamps JR, Madras BK (February 2006). "1-(4-Methylphenyl)-2-pyrrolidin-1-yl-pentan-1-one (Pyrovalerone) analogs. A promising class of monoamine uptake inhibitors". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 49 (4): 1420–1432. doi:10.1021/jm050797a. PMC 2602954. PMID 16480278.
  10. ^ "Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of N-Ethylhexedrone, α-PHP, 4-MEAP, MPHP, PV8, and 4-Chloro-α-PVP in Schedule I". Drug Enforcement Administration.
  11. ^ "Decreto 29 dicembre 2011 (12A00013) (G.U. Serie Generale n. 3 del 4 gennaio 2012)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-01.
  12. ^ "EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: 1-phenyl-2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-pentanone (α-PVP)". European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). September 2015.
  13. ^ "23 nya ämnen kan klassas som narkotika eller hälsofarlig vara". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  14. ^ "关于印发《非药用类麻醉药品和精神药品列管办法》的通知" (in Chinese). China Food and Drug Administration. 27 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-01.
  15. ^ "December 2019 – WHO: World Health Organization recommends 12 NPS for scheduling".