Evaluation of hepatic impairment on pharmacokinetics and safety of crizotinib in patients with advanced cancer

Anthony B. El-Khoueiry, John Sarantopoulos, Cindy L. O’Bryant, Kristen K. Ciombor, Huiping Xu, Melissa O’Gorman, Jayeta Chakrabarti, Tiziana Usari, Bassel F. El-Rayes

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Purpose: This phase 1 study evaluated the effect of hepatic impairment on pharmacokinetics and safety of crizotinib in patients with advanced cancer. Methods: Patients were dosed according to hepatic function classified by modified National Cancer Institute Organ Dysfunction Working Group criteria and group assignment [normal (A1 and A2), mild (B), moderate (C1 and C2), or severe (D)]. Primary pharmacokinetic endpoints included area under the concentration–time curve as daily exposure (AUCdaily) and maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) at steady state. Safety endpoints included types, incidence, seriousness, and relationship to crizotinib of adverse events. Results: The AUCdaily and Cmax in patients with normal liver function were 7107 ng h/mL and 375.1 ng/mL (A1) and 5422 ng h/mL and 283.9 ng/mL (A2), respectively. The AUCdaily and Cmax ratios of adjusted geometric means for Groups B, C2, and D versus Group A1 were 91.12 and 91.20, 114.08 and 108.87, and 64.47 and 72.63, respectively. Any grade treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) occurred in 75% of patients; grade 3/4 TRAEs occurred in 25%, including fatigue (6%), hyponatremia (5%), and hyperbilirubinemia (3%). Conclusions: No adjustment to the approved 250 mg twice daily (BID) dose of crizotinib is recommended for patients with mild hepatic impairment. The recommended dose is 200 mg BID for patients with moderate hepatic impairment, and the dose should not exceed 250 mg daily for patients with severe hepatic impairment. Adverse events appeared consistent among the hepatic impairment groups. Clinical trial registration no: NCT01576406.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Feb 21 2018



  • Advanced cancer
  • Crizotinib
  • Hepatic impairment
  • Pharmacokinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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