Verzenio ® (abemaciclib) tablets

50mg, 100mg, 150mg, 200mg

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VERZENIO® (abemaciclib): MOA Other CDK 4 & 6 Inhibitors

Verzenio (abemaciclib) has not been studied in head to head clinical trials with other CDK4 & 6 inhibitors.


Abemaciclib is indicated

  • in combination with an aromatase inhibitor as initial endocrine-based therapy for the treatment of postmenopausal women with HR+, HER2- advanced or MBC

  • in combination with fulvestrant for the treatment of women with HR+, HER2- advanced or MBC with disease progression following ET, and

  • as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with HR+, HER2- advanced or MBC with disease progression following ET and prior chemotherapy regimens in the metastatic setting.1

Mechanism of Action and Other CDK 4 and 6 Inhibitors

Abemaciclib is an inhibitor of CDK4 and CDK6. These kinases are activated upon binding to D-cyclins. In ER+ breast cancer cell lines, cyclin D1 and CDK4/6 promote phosphorylation of the Rb, cell cycle progression, and cell proliferation. In vitro, continuous exposure to abemaciclib inhibited Rb phosphorylation and blocked progression from G1 into S phase of the cell cycle, resulting in senescence and apoptosis. In breast cancer xenograft models, abemaciclib dosed daily without interruption as a single agent or in combination with antiestrogens resulted in reduction of tumor size.1

For information on other CDK 4 and 6 inhibitors in this class, please contact the individual manufacturers of these drugs.

Enclosed Prescribing Information

VERZENIO® (abemaciclib) tablets, for oral use, Lilly


1. Verzenio [package insert]. Indianapolis, IN: Eli Lilly and Company; 2019.


CDK = cyclin-dependent kinase

ER+ = estrogen receptor-positive

ET = endocrine therapy

HER2- = human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative

HR+ = hormone receptor-positive

MBC = metastatic breast cancer

Rb = retinoblastoma protein

Date of Last Review: January 21, 2020

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