Ceritinib (Zykadia)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Tyrosine kinase inhibitor; inhibits anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK). Ceritinib prevents growth of ALK-rearranged cancer cells by inhibiting autophosphorylation of ALK and subsequent ALK-mediated phosphorylation of the downstream signaling protein STAT3. In vitro, ceritinib is 20 times as potent against ALK as compared to Crizotinib (Xalkori) and inhibits growth of cells expressing EML4-ALK and NPM-ALK fusion proteins. Ceritinib has been observed in EML4-ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer xenograft models to have activity against crizotinib-sensitive and crizotinib-resistant tumors. Ceritinib also inhibits the insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R), insulin receptor (InsR), and ROS1. It does not inhibit MET.[1][2][3][4]
Route: PO
Extravasation: n/a

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Diseases for which it is used

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

History of changes in EMA indication

  • 2015-05-06: Initial marketing authorization as Zykadia.

History of changes in Health Canada indication

  • 2015-03-27: Initial notice of compliance with conditions as monotherapy for use in patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive locally advanced (not amenable to curative therapy) or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have progressed on or who were intolerant to crizotinib.
  • 2018-06-06: New indication for previously untreated adult patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

History of changes in PMDA indication

  • 2016-03-28: Initial approval for the treatment of unresectable advanced/relapsed anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non-small cell lung cancer with resistance or intolerance to crizotinib.
  • 2017-09-22: Revised indication for the treatment of unresectable advanced/relapsed ALK fusion gene-positive non-small cell lung cancer.

Also known as

  • Code name: LDK-378
  • Brand names: Lucicer, Noxalk, Spexib, Zykadia


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ceritinib (Zykadia) package insert
  2. Ceritinib (Zykadia) package insert (locally hosted backup)
  3. Zykadia manufacturer's website
  4. Shaw AT, Kim DW, Mehra R, Tan DS, Felip E, Chow LQ, Camidge DR, Vansteenkiste J, Sharma S, De Pas T, Riely GJ, Solomon BJ, Wolf J, Thomas M, Schuler M, Liu G, Santoro A, Lau YY, Goldwasser M, Boral AL, Engelman JA. Ceritinib in ALK-rearranged non-small-cell lung cancer. N Engl J Med. 2014 Mar 27;370(13):1189-97. link to original article PubMed
  5. Ceritinib (Zykadia) patient drug information (Chemocare)
  6. Ceritinib (Zykadia) patient drug information (UpToDate)