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What type of drug is Alunbrig?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 26, 2020.

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Alunbrig (brigatinib) is an anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor used for the treatment of patients with a certain type of lung cancer called ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized).

About 85% of patients with lung cancer have non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with 5% of those patients having a mutation in the ALK gene (ALK-positive).

The first ALK inhibitor to be FDA approved was crizotinib (Xalkori) in 2011. Acquired resistance to crizotinib is common (via secondary mutations in the ALK gene), so the second-generation ALK inhibitors (ceritinib, alectinib, brigatinib) were developed to overcome crizotinib resistance.

Alunbrig was first FDA approved in 2017 for patients with ALK-positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer who had progressed on, or were intolerant to crizotinib. In May 2020, this indication was expanded to include Alunbrig as a first-line treatment option for ALK+ NSCLC.


ALK inhibitors for non-small cell lung cancer: A systematic review and network meta-analysis Accessed May 26, 2020

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