Drug information of Acalabrutinib


To date, acalabrutinib has been used in trials studying the treatment of B-All, Myelofibrosis, Ovarian Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, and Hodgkin Lymphoma, among others.

Mechanism of effect

Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor; acalabrutinib and its active metabolite, ACP-5862, form a covalent bond with a cysteine residue in the BTK active site, leading to inhibition of BTK enzymatic activity

BTK is a signaling molecule of the B-cell antigen receptor (BCR) and cytokine receptor pathways; in B cells, BTK signaling results in activation of pathways necessary for B-cell proliferation, trafficking, chemotaxis, and adhesion


It has been shown that a single dose of acalabrutinib that is four-fold the maximum recommended single dose (ie. 100 mg) does not appear to prolong QTc interval to any clinically significant extent (ie. ≥ 10 ms).


Absolute bioavailability: 25%

Peak plasma time: 0.75 hr; administered under fasting conditions delayed Tmax by 1-2 hr

Peak plasma concentration: 323 ng/mL; administered under fasting conditions decreased Cmax by 73%

AUC: 1111 ng·h/mL

High-fat, high-calorie meal did not affect AUC

Protein bound: 97.5%

Vd: 34 L


Predominantly metabolized by CYP3A enzymes, and to a minor extent, by glutathione conjugation and amide hydrolysis, based on in vitro studies

Active metabolite: ACP-5862 with mean exposure (AUC) ~2- to 3-fold higher than the exposure of acalabrutinib; ACP-5862 is ~50% less potent than acalabrutinib with regard to BTK inhibition

Half-life: 0.9 hr; 6.9 hr (active metabolite)

Clearance: 159 L/hr

Excretion: 84% feces; 12% urine



Mantle Cell Lymphoma

100 mg PO q12hr


Safety and efficacy not established


Serious hemorrhagic events, including fatal events, reported; the mechanism for the bleeding events is not well understood; acalabrutinib may further increase hemorrhage risk in patients receiving antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapies, and patients should be monitored for signs of bleeding; consider the benefit-risk of withholding acalabrutinib for 3-7 days presurgery and postsurgery depending on the type of surgery and the risk of bleeding

Serious infections (bacterial, viral, or fungal), including fatal events and opportunistic infections, reported; monitor for infection and consider prophylaxis in patients who are at increased risk for opportunistic infections

Cytopenias reported, including neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia; assess complete blood cell counts monthly during treatment

Second primary malignancies, including nonskin carcinomas, have occurred in patients with hematologic malignancies treated with acalabrutinib; the most frequent was skin cancer; advise patients regarding need for protection from sun exposure

Atrial fibrillation and flutter occurred (rare) during clinical trials; monitor patients and manage as appropriate

Drug interaction overview

  • Coadministration with CYP3A inhibitors or inducers
    • Acalabrutinib is predominantly metabolized by CYP3A enzymes
    • CYP3A inhibitors are expected to increase acalabrutinib systemic exposure
    • CYP3A inducers are expected to decrease acalabrutinib systemic exposure
  • Coadministration with gastric acid-reducing agents
    • Coadministration with PPIs, H2-antagonists, or antacids may decrease acalabrutinib plasma concentrations

Points of recommendation

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

You may take acalabrutinib with or without food.

Do not chew, break, or open the acalabrutinib capsule. Swallow it whole.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using acalabrutinib. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

While using acalabrutinib, you may need frequent blood tests.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you are more than 3 hours late, skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Pregnancy level

Not assigned

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