Title of Invention


Abstract The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of Cefdinir by acylating the cephem compound of formula JlJ S wherein R' = H; an.v carboxyl protecting group or . group using intermediate, 2-mercapto-benzothiazol)'l(Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2- acetyloxyiminoacetate of Fonnula I, . followed by hydrolysis.
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The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of Cefdinir by using novel intermediate, 2-mercaptO"benzothiazolyl(2)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-acetyloxyiminoacetate of Formula I,

Cefdinir of Formula II is a oral, semi-synthetic cephalosporin antibiotic characterized by having a broad spectrum of antibacterial activity particularly against Staphylococci and Streptococci and a high stability against various p-lactamases. It further exhibits an enhanced activity against gram positive bacteria as well and is chemically known as 7p-[(Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-hydroxyiminoacetamido]-3-vinyl-3-cephem-4-carboxylic acid.

Several synthetic methods are known in literature for preparation of cefdinir. For example, US Patent 4,559,334 describes a synthetic method starting from benzhydryl 7-amino-3-vinyl-3-cephem-4-carboxylate which is reacted with 4-bromoacetoacetyl bromide, the resulting product is nitrosated to oxime and cyclized to obtain protected cefdinir. Deprotection yielded cefdinir (Refer Scheme-1). However, this synthetic method suffers from several disadvantages such as use of not so easily available raw materials, low yielding steps and isolation involving chromatography and lyophilisation. Overall yield reported is 10-11%.


us Patent 6,093,814 describes a process wherein tritylated cefdinir is prepared and isolated as 0-trityl cefdinir./7-toluenesulfonic acid.2A';7V-dimethylacetamide solvate and further converted into cefdinir either by treatment with formic acid or trifluoroacetic acid (Refer Scheme-3). The disadvantages of this process are use of ethers to isolate O-trityl cefdinir./?-toluenesulfonic acid.2iV,A^-dimethylacetamide solvate which greatly enhances danger of fire hazard on a commercial scale and poor solvent recovery. Further, the specified yields could not be realized by us in detritylation step.

Detritylation to obtain cefdinir by using a perhalogenated acids has been described by Otsuka Chemical Company in EP 1 273 587 Al. However, this process also gave low yields and further handling and disposal of perhalogenated acids poses an industrial hazard.
Thus, it is evident that the intermediates described in the prior art to prepare Cefdinir include an acid chloride, a reactive thiophosphate, a reactive ester and the like. However, these

intermediates have some disadvantages such as low yields, expensive input raw materials and handling problem in commercial production. Hence, there is a need to use such acylating agent which is capable of transferring the 2-aminothiazolyl moiety to 7-amino-3-cephem compound in good yield without producing any side product and without requiring complicated protection / deprotection operations.
The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of Cefdinir of Formula II

wherein R'= H, any carboxyl protecting group or silyl group
and conversion of the above protected cefdinir to Cefdinir by removal of protecting groups using conventional methods.

The instant invention relates to an industrially advantageous process for the preparation of cefdinir, which involves the use of intermediate, 2-mercaptobenzothiazoIyl (Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazoIyl)-2-acetyloxyiminoacetate (0-acetyl thioester), of Formula I.

2-Mercaptobenzothiazolyl (Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-acetyloxyiminoacetate (0-acetyl thioester), of Formula I was reported in US Patent 4,888,429, but its use to prepare Cefdinir has never been reported and constitutes novelty.
Further, the present invention provides a new method for the preparation of intermediate, 0-acetyl thioester and its valuable use in the preparation of pure cefdinir.
The intermediate, 0-acetyl thioester can be prepared by condensation of (Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-acetyloxyiminoacetic acid with Z>/^(benzothiazol-2-yl)disulphide, in the presence of triphenylphosphine and a base in a suitable solvent at 0-35°C (Refer Scheme-4).

Suitable solvents can be selected from a group of methylene dichloride, chloroform tetrahydrofuran, acetonitrile or like and mixture tiiereof; but the most preferred ones are methylene dichloride and tetrahydrofuran.
Typically reaction can be conducted at a temperature range of about 0-35°C, but preferably at 10-30°C. The bases, which can be used, are tertiary organic bases such as tributylamine, triethylamine or like, but preferably triethylamine is used. After completion of reaction, the product which precipitates out spontaneously from the reaction mass is isolated by filtration.

(Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-acetyloxyiminoacetic acid for the preparation of 0-acetyl thioester is prepared by known process as described in ES 2 013 828. The commercially available ethyl (Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-hydroxyiminoacetate is treated with aqueous sodium hydroxide in ethanol to yield corresponding sodium salt. The resulting sodium salt is acylated with acetic anhydride maintaining pH between 7.0 to 8.0 using potassium carbonate to yield (Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-acetyloxyiminoacetic acid (acylated acid). We have observed that variation in pH results in the formation of diacylated product. The acylated acid typically has -14% of moisture content. It is preferable to use dehydrated acylated acid for the preparation of O-acetylthioester. Use of dehydrated acylated acid avoids the excess consumption of reagents and minimizes exothermicity. Dehydration can be carried out in any suitable solvent like methanol, ethanol, acetone etc., but most preferably dehydration is effected in acetone to obtain acylated acid having moisture content Thereafter, the O-acetyl thioester of Formula I is reacted with cephem of Formula III in the presence of a base, in any suitable solvent at a temperature range of 10-25°C but preferably at

R' in compound of Formula III may be any carboxyl protecting group. The term carboxyl protecting group as used herein refers to a protecting group which is conventionally used in cephalosporin based compounds and exemplary protecting group includes silyl group; alkyl esters such as methyl and /-butyl; alkoxylkyl such as methoxymethyl; alkyl thioalkyl esters such as methyl, thiomethyl; haloalkyl esters such as 2,2,2-trichloroethyl and aralkyl ester, such as benzyl,/7-methoxybenzyl,/7-nitrobenzyl, diphenylmethyl; wherein/?-methoxybenzyl, p-nitrobenzyl and diphenylmethyl are preferred.
The suitable solvent can be selected from a group of water, tetrahydrofuran, methylene dichloride or mixture thereof, but preferably solvent is aqueous tetrahydrofuran.
The base can be selected from inorganic bases such as sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate or organic bases such as alkylamines preferably tertiary alkylamines like triethylamine, diisopropylethylamine, tributylamine etc. Particularly preferred base is triethylamine.
The progress of reaction is monitored by HPLC till cephem of Formula III is less than 1%. Thereafter reaction mass is diluted with any suitable solvent and protected cefdinir of Formula IV

is extracted with water. Protected cefdinir of Formula IV is optionally isolated and can also be deprotected in situ to obtain Cefdinir.
The major advantages realized in the present inventions are preparation of O-acetyl thioester which offers the best feature of acylation to introduce side chain on compound of Formula HI and preparation of O-acetyl cefdinir in good yields and high purity. Such a methodology overcomes the difficulties experienced in the prior art such as low yields, poor quality and handling problem in commercial production.
Hence the present invention for the preparation of cefdinir is suitable for plant scale production and Cefdinir is obtained in high yield and high quality consistently.
Further the following examples will illustrate the preparation of O-acetyl thioester and cefdinir and are not to be construed as any limiting thereof:
Example 1
55 g of (Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-acetyloxyiminoacetic acid (0.240 mol, moisture content: 0.49% w/w) was added to 825 ml of methylene dichloride at 20°C. Cooled the reaction mass to 15-20^C. To this mixture, 111.6 g of Z?/Xbenzothiazol-2-yl)disulphide (0.336 mol) and 91.2 g of triphenylphospine (0.348 mol) were added at I0-15'*C. To this reaction mixture, 34 g of triethylamine (0.336 mol) was added at 10-15°C during a period of 5-10 min. Maintained the reaction mass temperature at 10-30°C till starting material is Melting point: I43-145°C.

Example 2
40 g of 7-amino-3-vinyl-3-cephem-4-carboxylic acid (AVNA, 0.177 mol) was added to 400 ml of tetrahydrofuran under nitrogen atmosphere followed by 78 g of O-acetyl thioester

(0.206 mol, prepared in Example 1) and 200 ml of water with stirring. Cooled the reaction mass to 15-20*'C. To this reaction mixture, 20 g of triethylamine was added slowly at pH -8.5. Stirring was continued and progress of the reaction was monitored by qualitative HPLC till AVNA was less than 1%. At this stage 400 ml of methylene dichloride was added and stirred for further 15 min at 20-25^C. 200 ml of water was added and stirred the reaction mass for 15 min at 20-25°C. Separated the layers and to the aqueous layer, 20% w/v aqueous potassium carbonate solution was added and maintained pH at 8.1-8.2 at 20-25°C. Thereafter, 26.4 g of ammonium chloride was added in one lot at 20-25°C and continued maintaining the pH between 8.0 to 8.2 by addition of 20% w/v aqueous potassium carbonate solution. The progress of reaction was monitored by qualitative HPLC till O-acetyl cefdinir is less than 0.5%. Adjusted the pH of reaction mass to 2.4-2.5 with cone, sulfuric acid maintaining temperature between 35° to 40°C. The precipitated product was filtered and dried at 40-45'C under reduced pressure till moisture content was

1 . A process for preparing Cefdinir of Formula 11
wherein R'= H, any carboxyl protecting group or silyl group
which comprises
- reacting O-acetyl thioester of Formula I

with a Compound of Formula III

wherein R'=^ H, any carboxyl protecting group or silyl group
in the presence of a base such as triethylamine, diisopropylethylamine, tributylamine, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, in suitable solvent like water, tetrahydrofuran, methylene dichloride and mixture thereof, at a temperature of 15-20°C, to obtain a compound of Formula IV

wherein R'= H, any carboxyl protecting group or silyl group
- and its conversion to cefdinir by removal of protecting group(s) by using conventional methods.
2. The process according to claim 1 wherein the preferred base used is triethylamine.

3. The process according to claim 1 wherein preferred solvent used is a mixture of
tetrahydrofuran and water.
4. The process according to claim 1 wherein the said reacting step is conducted at a
temperature between 10-25°C and preferably at 15-20°C.
5. The process according to Claim 1 wherein the carboxyl protecting group is selected
from/?-methoxybenzyl,/7-nitrobenzyl and diphenylmethyl.
6. The process according to claim 1, wherein 0-acetyl thioester of Formula I

is prepared by the process which comprises
- condensation of (Z)-2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl)-2-acetylo\yiminoacetic acid with bis(benzothiazol-2-yl)disulphide in the presence of triphenylphosphine, a base such as tributylamine and triethylamine, in a suitable solvent like methylene dichloride, chloroform, tetrahydrofuran, acetonitrile and mixture thereof, at a temperature of 0-35X.
7. The process according to claim 6 wherein the preferred base used is triethylamine.
8. The process according to claim 6 wherein the preferred solvent used is methylene
9. The process according to claim 6 wherein the said reacting step is conducted at a
temperature between 0-3 5°C and preferably at 10-20'C.





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Patent Number 198253
Indian Patent Application Number 441/CHE/2003
PG Journal Number 20/2006
Publication Date 19-May-2006
Grant Date 13-Jan-2006
Date of Filing 02-Jun-2003
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