Active Ingredient History
Vemurafenib (trade name Zelboraf) is a low molecular weight, orally available kinase inhibitor. It inhibits of some mutated forms of BRAF serinethreonine kinase, including BRAF V600E and is indicated for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with BRAF V600E mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test. Vemurafenib also inhibits other kinases in vitro such as CRAF, ARAF, wild-type BRAF, SRMS, ACK1, MAP4K5 and FGR at similar concentrations. Vemurafenib is not recommended for use in patients with wild-type BRAF melanoma. Zelboraf does not cure melanoma, but stops it's progression. Some 26% of patients in clinical trials developed a non melanoma form of skin cancer called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, which can usually be removed via relatively simple surgery. Other side effects include joint pain, rash, hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and skin sensitivity to sunlight. Patients taking Zelboraf must avoid sun exposure. It's not yet clear how long Zelboraf can increase melanoma survival. NCATS
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