Alecensa (alectinib)

Alecensa is an oral medicine created at Chugai Kamakura Research Laboratories, used for the treatment of people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumours are identified as anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive. Alecensa is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets ALK fusion proteins, preventing signalling within cancer cells to inhibit their growth and survival.

Alecensa is currently approved in the United States, Europe, Kuwait, Israel, Hong Kong, Canada, South Korea, Switzerland, India, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan for the treatment of advanced (metastatic) ALK-positive NSCLC whose disease has worsened after, or who could not tolerate treatment with, crizotinib and in Japan for people with ALK-positive NSCLC.