BRAFTOVI® (encorafenib) capsules

BRAFTOVI® (encorafenib) capsules

BRAFTOVI® (encorafenib) capsules

Encorafenib is a kinase inhibitor. The chemical name is methyl N-{(2S)-1-[(4-{3-[5-chloro-2-fluoro-3­ (methanesulfonamido)phenyl]-1-(propan-2-yl)-1H-pyrazol-4-yl}pyrimidin-2-yl)amino]propan-2­ yl}carbamate. The molecular formula is C22H27ClFN7O4S and the molecular weight is 540 daltons.

BRAFTOVI (encorafenib) capsules for oral use contain 75 mg of encorafenib with the following inactive ingredients: copovidone, poloxamer 188, microcrystalline cellulose, succinic acid, crospovidone, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate (vegetable origin). The capsule shell contains gelatin, titanium dioxide, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow, ferrosoferric oxide, monogramming ink (pharmaceutical glaze, ferrosoferric oxide, propylene glycol).

Indications and usage

BRAFTOVI is a kinase inhibitor indicated, in combination with binimetinib, for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAF V600E or V600K mutation, as detected by an FDA-approved test.

Limitations of Use: BRAFTOVI is not indicated for treatment of patients with wild-type BRAF melanoma.

Mechanism of Action

Encorafenib is a kinase inhibitor that targets BRAF V600E, as well as wild-type BRAF and CRAF in in vitro cell-free assays with IC50 values of 0.35, 0.47, and 0.3 nM, respectively. Mutations in the BRAF gene, such as BRAF V600E, can result in constitutively activated BRAF kinases that may stimulate tumor cell growth. Encorafenib was also able to bind to other kinases in vitro including JNK1, JNK2, JNK3, LIMK1, LIMK2, MEK4, and STK36 and substantially reduce ligand binding to these kinases at clinically achievable concentrations (≤ 0.9 µM).

Encorafenib inhibited in vitro growth of tumor cell lines expressing BRAF V600 E, D, and K mutations. In mice implanted with tumor cells expressing BRAF V600E, encorafenib induced tumor regressions associated with RAF/MEK/ERK pathway suppression.

Encorafenib and binimetinib target two different kinases in the RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK pathway. Compared with either drug alone, co-administration of encorafenib and binimetinib resulted in greater anti-proliferative activity in vitro in BRAF mutation-positive cell lines and greater anti-tumor activity with respect to tumor growth inhibition in BRAF V600E mutant human melanoma xenograft studies in mice. Additionally, the combination of encorafenib and binimetinib delayed the emergence of resistance in BRAF V600E mutant human melanoma xenografts in mice compared to either drug alone.

Dosage and administration

Patient Selection: Confirm the presence of a BRAF V600E or V600K mutation in tumor specimens prior to initiating BRAFTOVI. Information on FDA-approved tests for the detection of BRAF V600E and V600K mutations in melanoma is available at:

Recommended Dosage: The recommended dosage of BRAFTOVI is 450 mg (six 75 mg capsules) orally taken once daily in combination with binimetinib until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Refer to the binimetinib prescribing information for recommended binimetinib dosing information.

BRAFTOVI may be taken with or without food. Do not take a missed dose of BRAFTOVI within 12 hours of the next dose of BRAFTOVI.

Do not take an additional dose if vomiting occurs after BRAFTOVI administration but continue with the next scheduled dose.



Warnings and precautions

New Primary Malignancies: New primary malignancies, cutaneous and non-cutaneous, have been observed in patients treated with BRAF inhibitors and can occur with BRAFTOVI.

Tumor Promotion in BRAF Wild-Type Tumors: In vitro experiments have demonstrated paradoxical activation of MAP-kinase signaling and increased cell proliferation in BRAF wild-type cells, which are exposed to BRAF inhibitors. Confirm evidence of BRAF V600E or V600K mutation prior to initiating BRAFTOVI

Hemorrhage: Hemorrhage can occur when BRAFTOVI is administered in combination with binimetinib. In COLUMBUS, hemorrhage occurred in 19% of patients receiving BRAFTOVI in combination with binimetinib; Grade 3 or greater hemorrhage occurred in 3.2% of patients. The most frequent hemorrhagic events were gastrointestinal, including rectal hemorrhage (4.2%), hematochezia (3.1%), and hemorrhoidal hemorrhage (1%). Fatal intracranial hemorrhage in the setting of new or progressive brain metastases occurred in 1.6% of patients.

Withhold, reduce dose, or permanently discontinue based on severity of adverse reaction.

Uveitis: Uveitis, including iritis and iridocyclitis, has been reported in patients treated with BRAFTOVI in combination with binimetinib. Assess for visual symptoms at each visit. Perform an ophthalmologic evaluation at regular intervals and for new or worsening visual disturbances, and to follow new or persistent ophthalmologic findings. Withhold, reduce dose, or permanently discontinue based on severity of adverse reaction

QT Prolongation: BRAFTOVI is associated with dose-dependent QTc interval prolongation in some patients

Adverse reactions

Most common adverse reactions (>25%) for BRAFTOVI, in combination with binimetinib, are fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and arthralgia. Monitor patients who already have or who are at significant risk of developing QTc prolongation, including patients with known long QT syndromes, clinically significant bradyarrhythmias, severe or uncontrolled heart failure and those taking other medicinal products associated with QT prolongation. Correct hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia prior to and during BRAFTOVI administration. Withhold, reduce dose, or permanently discontinue for QTc > 500 ms

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity: Based on its mechanism of action, BRAFTOVI can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use an effective, non-hormonal method of contraception since BRAFTOVI can render hormonal contraceptives ineffective, during treatment and for 2 weeks after the final dose of BRAFTOVI

Drug interactions

Strong or Moderate CYP3A4 Inhibitors: Concomitant administration of BRAFTOVI with a strong or moderate CYP3A4 inhibitor increased encorafenib plasma concentrations and may increase encorafenib adverse reactions. Avoid coadministration of BRAFTOVI with strong or moderate CYP3A4 inhibitors, including grapefruit juice. If coadministration of strong or moderate CYP3A4 inhibitors cannot be avoided, modify dose as recommended.

Strong or Moderate CYP3A4 Inducers: Concomitant administration of BRAFTOVI with a strong or moderate CYP3A4 inducer may decrease encorafenib plasma concentrations and may decrease encorafenib efficacy. Avoid concomitant administration of strong or moderate CYP3A4 inducers with BRAFTOVI.

Use in specific populations

Pregnancy: Based on its mechanism of action, BRAFTOVI can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. There are no available clinical data on the use of BRAFTOVI during pregnancy.

Lactation: There are no data on the presence of encorafenib or its metabolites in human milk or the effects of encorafenib on the breastfed infant, or on milk production. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions from BRAFTOVI in breastfed infants, advise women not to breastfeed during treatment with BRAFTOVI and for 2 weeks after the final dose.

Pediatric Use: The safety and effectiveness of BRAFTOVI have not been established in pediatric patients.

Hepatic Impairment: Dose adjustment for BRAFTOVI is not recommended in patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class A). A recommended dose has not been established for patients with moderate (Child-Pugh Class B) or severe (Child-Pugh Class C) hepatic impairment.

Renal Impairment: No dose adjustment is recommended for patients with mild to moderate renal impairment (CLcr 30 to < 90 mL/min). A recommended dose has not been established for patients with severe renal impairment (CLcr < 30 mL/min).


Since encorafenib is 86% bound to plasma proteins, hemodialysis is likely to be ineffective in the treatment of overdose with BRAFTOVI.

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