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Merck has recently utilised a furo[2,3-b]pyridine core (554) as a bioisosteric replacement for the pyrazole scaffold of rimonabant (382) [328]. The same basic pharmacophore, that of two halo-substituted aryl groups and a third hydrophobic motif proximal to a hydrogen-bond acceptor, can be witnessed in the benzodioxole-based compounds, such as (555), disclosed by Roche [329].

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