Class/mechanism: Small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Inhibits the intracellular phosphorylation activity of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase; may also have activity against other tyrosine kinase receptors. Exact mechanism of antitumor action is not fully characterized.
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Diseases for which it is used
- Adenocarcinoma of unknown primary
- EGFR-mutated tumors (tissue-agnostic)
- Esophageal cancer
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Renal cell carcinoma
Patient drug information
- Erlotinib (Tarceva) patient drug information (Chemocare)
- Brief patient counseling information can be found on page 24 of the Erlotinib (Tarceva) package insert
- Erlotinib (Tarceva) patient drug information (UpToDate)
History of changes in FDA indication
- 11/18/2004: Approved for treatment of locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC after failure of at least one prior chemotherapy regimen.
- 11/2/2005: Approved as first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced, unresectable or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with gemcitabine.
- 4/16/2010: Approved for maintenance treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has not progressed after four cycles of platinum-based first-line chemotherapy.
- 5/14/2013: Approved for first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletion or exon 21 (L858R) substitution mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test.
- 10/18/2016: Label revised to limit use to those patients whose tumors have EGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R substitution mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test. This limitation pertains to patients with NSCLC receiving maintenance or second or greater line treatment.
Also known as
- Code names: CP-358, CP-774, OSI-774
- Generic name: erlotinib hydrochloride
- Brand names: Erlocip, Erlonat, Melacyte, Tarceva