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XALKORI® (crizotinib) Highlights


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XALKORI® (crizotinib) capsules, for oral use
Initial U.S. Approval: 2011


XALKORI is a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors are anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) or ROS1-positive as detected by an FDA-approved test (1, 2.1).


  • Recommended Dosage: 250 mg orally twice daily. (2.2)
  • Moderate Hepatic Impairment: 200 mg orally twice daily. (2.4)
  • Severe Hepatic Impairment: 250 mg orally once daily. (2.4)
  • Severe Renal Impairment: 250 mg orally once daily. (2.5)


Capsules: 250 mg, 200 mg. (3)


None. (4)


  • Hepatotoxicity: Fatal hepatotoxicity occurred in 0.1% of patients. Monitor with periodic liver testing. Temporarily suspend, dose reduce, or permanently discontinue XALKORI. (2.3, 5.1)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)/Pneumonitis: Occurred in 2.9% of patients. Permanently discontinue in patients with ILD/pneumonitis. (5.2)
  • QT Interval Prolongation: Occurred in 2.1% of patients. Monitor electrocardiograms and electrolytes in patients who have a history of or predisposition for QTc prolongation, or who are taking medications that prolong QT. Temporarily suspend, dose reduce, or permanently discontinue XALKORI. (2.3, 5.3)
  • Bradycardia: XALKORI can cause bradycardia. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure regularly. Temporarily suspend, dose reduce, or permanently discontinue XALKORI. (2.3, 5.4)
  • Severe Visual Loss: Reported in 0.2% of patients. Discontinue XALKORI in patients with severe visual loss. Perform an ophthalmological evaluation. (5.5)
  • Embryo-Fetal Toxicity: Can cause fetal harm. Advise females of reproductive potential of the potential risk to a fetus and use of effective contraception. (5.6, 8.1, 8.3)


The most common adverse reactions (≥25%) are vision disorders, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, edema, constipation, elevated transaminases, fatigue, decreased appetite, upper respiratory infection, dizziness, and neuropathy. (6)

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Pfizer Inc. at 1-800-438-1985 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or


  • Strong CYP3A Inhibitors: Avoid concomitant use. (2.6, 7.1)
  • Strong CYP3A Inducers: Avoid concomitant use. (7.1)
  • CYP3A Substrates: Avoid concomitant use with CYP3A substrates, where minimal concentration changes may lead to serious adverse reactions. (7.2)


Lactation: Advise not to breastfeed. (8.2)

See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION and FDA-approved patient labeling.

Revised: 6/2019

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