Recrystallise it from H2O(charcoal) or thiophene-free *benzene. The acid can be dried by azeotropic distillation with toluene, the residual toluene solution is then cooled and filtered, and the precipitate is dried in a vacuum oven. It has been purified by zone refining or by sublimation onto a cold finger at 10-3torr. It distils above 360o with partial formation of the anhydride. The dimethyl ester has m –3.9o and b 140o/8mm. [Hill & McEwen Org Synth Coll Vol II 53 1943, Beilstein 2 IV 2055.]
antifungal, binds to membrane sterols
white to cream solid
Azelex (Allergan); Finacea (Intendis).
antiacne, antiproliferative agent