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Ripretinib skeletal.svg
Pronunciationrip re' ti nib
Trade namesQinlock
Other namesDCC-2618
  • 3-{4-bromo-5-[1-ethyl-7-(methylamino)-2-oxo-1,2-dihydro-1,6-naphthyridin-3-yl]-2-fluorophenyl}-1-phenylurea
Clinical data
Drug classKinase inhibitor[1]
Main usesGastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)[2]
Side effectsHair loss, tiredness, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, muscle pain, diarrhea, rash of the palms and soles[1]
InteractionsMedications that affect CYP3A[1]
  • Use should be avoided
Routes of
By mouth
Typical dose150 mg OD[2]
External links
US NLMRipretinib
License data
Legal status
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass510.367 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • CCN1C(=O)C(=CC2=C1C=C(NC)N=C2)C1=C(Br)C=C(F)C(NC(=O)NC2=CC=CC=C2)=C1
  • InChI=1S/C24H21BrFN5O2/c1-3-31-21-12-22(27-2)28-13-14(21)9-17(23(31)32)16-10-20(19(26)11-18(16)25)30-24(33)29-15-7-5-4-6-8-15/h4-13H,3H2,1-2H3,(H,27,28)(H2,29,30,33)

Ripretinib, sold under the brand name Qinlock, is a medication used to treat gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).[2] It is used in cases that have failed at least 3 other treatments.[2] It is taken by mouth.[2]

Common side effects include hair loss, tiredness, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, muscle pain, diarrhea, and a rash of the palms and soles known as palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia syndrome.[1] Other side effects may include skin cancer and poor wound healing.[1] Use during pregnancy may harm the baby.[1] It is a kinase inhibitor.[1]

Ripretinib was approved for medical use in Australia and the United States in 2020.[3][2] In the United States it costs about 35,000 per month as of 2021.[5] As of 2021 approval is pending in Europe.[6]

Medical uses

Ripretinib is indicated for the treatment of adults with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), a type of tumor that originates in the gastrointestinal tract, who have received prior treatment with three or more kinase inhibitor therapies, including imatinib.[4] GIST is type of stomach, bowel, or esophagus tumor.[7]


It is taken at a dose of 150 mg per day.[2]

Side effects

The most common side effects include alopecia (hair loss), fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, myalgia (muscle pain), diarrhea, decreased appetite, palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia syndrome (a skin reaction in the palms and soles) and vomiting.[4][7]

Ripretinib can also cause serious side effects including skin cancer, hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardiac dysfunction manifested as ejection fraction decrease (when the muscle of the left ventricle of the heart is not pumping as well as normal).[4][7]

Ripretinib may cause harm to a developing fetus or a newborn baby.[4][7]


Ripretinib was approved for medical use in the United States in May 2020.[4][8][9][7]

The approval of ripretinib was based on the results of an international, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial (INVICTUS/NCT03353753) that enrolled 129 participants with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) who had received prior treatment with imatinib, sunitinib, and regorafenib.[4][10] The trial compared participants who were randomized to receive ripretinib to participants who were randomized to receive placebo, to determine whether progression free survival (PFS) – the time from initial treatment in the clinical trial to growth of the cancer or death – was longer in the ripretinib group compared to the placebo group.[4] During treatment in the trial, participants received ripretinib 150 mg or placebo once a day in 28-day cycles, repeated until tumor growth was found (disease progression), or the participant experienced intolerable side effects.[4][10] After disease progression, participants who were randomized to placebo were given the option of switching to ripretinib.[4][10] The trial was conducted at 29 sites in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.[7]

The major efficacy outcome measure was progression-free survival (PFS) based on assessment by blinded independent central review (BICR) using modified RECIST 1.1 in which lymph nodes and bone lesions were not target lesions and a progressively growing new tumor nodule within a pre-existing tumor mass must meet specific criteria to be considered unequivocal evidence of progression.[10] Additional efficacy outcome measures included overall response rate (ORR) by BICR and overall survival (OS).[10] The trial demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in PFS for participants in the ripretinib arm compared with those in the placebo arm (HR 0.15; 95% CI: 0.09, 0.25; p<0.0001).[10]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the application for ripretinib priority review and fast track designations, as well as breakthrough therapy designation and orphan drug designation.[4][11] The FDA granted approval of Qinlock to Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.[4]

The FDA collaborated with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Health Canada on the review of the application as part of Project Orbis.[4][10] The FDA approved ripretinib three months ahead of schedule.[4][10] As of May 2020, the review of the applications was ongoing for the Australian TGA and for Health Canada.[4][10]


Ripretinib is the International nonproprietary name (INN) and the United States Adopted Name (USAN).[12][13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "DailyMed - QINLOCK- ripretinib tablet". Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Ripretinib Monograph for Professionals". Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Qinlock Australian Prescription Medicine Decision Summary". Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 21 July 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 "FDA Approves First Drug for Fourth-Line Treatment of Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors". U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (Press release). 15 May 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. "Qinlock Prices, Coupons & Patient Assistance Programs". Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  6. "Ripretinib". SPS - Specialist Pharmacy Service. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Drug Trial Snapshot: Qinlock". U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 15 May 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  8. "FDA Grants Full Approval of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals' Qinlock (ripretinib) for the Treatment of Fourth-Line Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor". Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Press release). 15 May 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  9. "Qinlock: FDA-Approved Drugs". U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 "FDA approves ripretinib for advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumor". U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 15 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  11. "Ripretinib Orphan Drug Designation and Approval". U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 2 October 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  12. World Health Organization (2019). "International nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances (INN): recommended INN: list 81". WHO Drug Information. 33 (1): 106. hdl:10665/330896. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
  13. "Ripretinib" (PDF). United States Adopted Name (USAN) Drug Finder. Retrieved 17 May 2020.

Further reading

External links

External sites:
  • "Ripretinib". NCI Drug Dictionary. National Cancer Institute.
  • "Ripretinib". National Cancer Institute. 27 May 2020.
  • Clinical trial number NCT03353753 for "Phase 3 Study of DCC-2618 vs Placebo in Advanced GIST Patients Who Have Been Treated With Prior Anticancer Therapies (invictus)" at