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Tafinlar + Mekinist ®(dabrafenib)
Prescription Only
Tafinlar is a specific cancer medication that disrupts the growth and dissemination of cancerous cells within the body. It's specifically employed for treating particular cancers...
Prescription Only
Dosage & Administration
Oral. Learn more.
The recommended dosage of TAFINLAR in adult patients is 150 mg (two 75 mg capsules) orally twice daily. The recommended dosage for TAFINLAR in pediatric patients is based on weight. Take TAFINLAR at least 1 hour before or at least 2 hours after a meal.. Learn more.
Latin Shorthand
Adult dose: TAFINLAR 150mg (2x75mg caps) PO BID. Pediatric dose: Based on weight. Administer TAFINLAR at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. Learn more.
Financial Assistance
Out-Of-Pocket Costs With Copay Card
Annual Cap
$15,000. Learn more.
Assistance Expiration
Calendar Year. Learn more.
No lower-cost generic available
No lower-cost generic available
Physician Advisory
Adverse Reactions
Most common adverse reactions (≥ 20%) for TAFINLAR as a single agent are hyperkeratosis, headache, pyrexia, arthralgia, papilloma, alopecia, and palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia syndrome. Most common adverse reactions (≥ 20%) for TAFINLAR in combination with trametinib include: • Unresectable or metastatic melanoma: pyrexia, rash, chills, headache, arthralgia, and cough. • Adjuvant treatment of melanoma: pyrexia, fatigue, nausea, headache, rash, chills, diarrhea, vomiting, arthralgia, and myalgia. • NSCLC: pyrexia, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dry skin, decreased appetite, edema, rash, chills, hemorrhage, cough, and dyspnea. • Adult patients with solid tumors: pyrexia, fatigue, nausea, rash, chills, headache, hemorrhage, cough, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, myalgia, arthralgia, and edema. • Pediatric patients with solid tumors: pyrexia, rash, vomiting, fatigue, dry skin, cough, diarrhea, dermatitis acneiform, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, hemorrhage, constipation, and paronychia. • Pediatric patients with LGG: pyrexia, rash, headache, vomiting, musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, dry skin, nausea, hemorrhage, abdominal pain, and dermatitis acneiform. . Learn more.
Mechanism of Actions (MoA)
BRAF Inhibitors. Learn more.
Special Populations
Is Tafinlar safe to use during pregnancy?

Tafinlar can cause harm to a fetus when administered to a pregnant woman. Limited data in pregnant women exists. Animal studies showed developmental toxicity at doses greater than human exposure at the recommended clinical dose. Pregnant women should be informed of the potential risks.

Are there risks associated with breastfeeding while using Tafinlar?

There is no data available on the presence of Tafinlar in human milk or its effects on breastfed infants or milk production. Due to potential adverse reactions, women are advised not to breastfeed during Tafinlar treatment and for 2 weeks after the last dose.

What precautions should be taken for females and males of reproductive potential using Tafinlar?

Females of reproductive potential should undergo pregnancy testing before initiating Tafinlar. Effective contraception is advised during treatment and for 2 weeks after the last dose. Non-hormonal contraception methods are recommended due to potential interactions. Male patients with female partners of reproductive potential should use condoms during treatment and for 2 weeks after the last dose to prevent drug exposure.

Is Tafinlar used in pediatric patients?

Tafinlar, in combination with trametinib, is approved for pediatric patients (1 year and older) with specific solid tumors and BRAF V600E mutations, as well as those with LGG and BRAF V600E mutations requiring systemic therapy. Safety and effectiveness have been established in pediatric patients based on studies that enrolled various age groups.

What data is available regarding geriatric use of Tafinlar?

Clinical studies included elderly patients in various tumor types receiving Tafinlar, either alone or in combination. No significant differences in effectiveness or safety were observed between geriatric patients and younger adults in these studies, except for increased incidences of certain side effects in some cases.

Is there a recommended dosage adjustment for patients with hepatic impairment?

For patients with mild hepatic impairment, no dosage adjustment is recommended. However, those with moderate to severe hepatic impairment may experience increased exposure to Tafinlar due to altered metabolism. No specific dosage recommendation has been established for these patients.