Clinical data
Trade names Sprycel
AHFS/Drugs.com Monograph
MedlinePlus a607063
License data
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  • US: D (Evidence of risk)
Routes of
Oral (tablets)
ATC code L01XE06 (WHO)
Legal status
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Pharmacokinetic data
Protein binding 96%
Metabolism Hepatic
Biological half-life 1.3 to 5 hours
Excretion Faecal (85%), renal (4%)
CAS Number 302962-49-8 YesY
PubChem (CID) 3062316
DrugBank DB01254 YesY
ChemSpider 2323020 YesY
KEGG D03658 N
ChEBI CHEBI:49375 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.228.321
Chemical and physical data
Formula C22H26ClN7O2S
Molar mass 488.01 g/mol
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Dasatinib, previously known as BMS-354825, is a cancer drug produced by Bristol-Myers Squibb and sold under the trade name Sprycel. Dasatinib is an oral Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase inhibitor (inhibits the "Philadelphia chromosome") and Src family tyrosine kinase inhibitor approved for first line use in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)[1] and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL). It is being evaluated for use in numerous other cancers, including advanced prostate cancer.


In a Phase I dose escalation study published in June 2006, dasatinib was tested in patients who were resistant to or who could not tolerate imatinib.[2] Complete hematological responses[3] were seen in 37 of 40 patients with chronic-phase CML. Major hematologic responses were seen in 31 of 44 patients with accelerated-phase CML, CML in blast crisis, or Ph+ ALL.

Molecular targets

Crystal structure[4] (PDB 2GQG) of Abl kinase domain (blue) in complex with dasatinib (red).

The main targets of dasatinib are BCR/Abl (the "Philadelphia chromosome"), Src, c-Kit, ephrin receptors, and several other tyrosine kinases.

Duration of benefit

Responses were maintained in 95% of patients with chronic-phase CML, with a median follow-up time of >12 months. In patients with accelerated-phase CML, 82% remained in remission, although with a median follow-up of only 5 months. Nearly all patients with CML in blast crisis or Ph+ ALL relapsed within 6 months.

Susceptible genotypes

Responses were seen in patients with all BCR/Abl genotypes, with the exception of T315I mutation, which confers resistance to dasatinib, nilotinib and imatinib in vitro.


Neutropenia and myelosuppression were common toxic effects. Fifteen patients (of 84, i.e. 18%) in the above-mentioned study developed pleural effusions, which were felt to be a side effect of dasatinib. Some of these patients required thoracentesis or pleurodesis to treat the effusions. Other adverse events included mild to moderate diarrhea, peripheral edema, and headache. A small number of patients developed abnormal liver function tests which returned to normal without dose adjustments. Mild hypocalcemia was also noted, but did not appear to cause any significant problems. Several cases of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) were found in patients treated with dasatinib.[5]

Adverse effects

On October 11, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that dasatinib may increase the risk of a rare but serious condition in which there is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary hypertension, PAH). Symptoms of PAH may include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the body (such as the ankles and legs). In reported cases, patients developed PAH after starting dasatinib, including after more than one year of treatment.

Information about this risk has been added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the Sprycel drug label.[6]


The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment objected to the price of dasatinib, in a letter to the U.S. trade representative. The average wholesale price in the U.S. is $367 per day, twice the price in other high income countries. The price in India, where the average annual per capita income is $1,570, and where most patients pay out of pocket, is Rs6627 ($108) a day. Indian manufacturers offered to supply generic versions for $4 a day, but, under pressure from the U.S., the Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion refused to issue a compulsory license.[7]

Bristol-Myers Squibb justified the high prices of cancer drugs with the high R&D costs, but the Union of Affordable Cancer Treatment said that most of the R&D costs came from the U.S. government, including National Institutes of Health funded research and clinical trials, and a 50% tax credit. In England and Wales, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended against dasatinib because of the high cost-benefit ratio.[7]

The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment said that "the dasatinib dispute illustrates the shortcomings of US trade policy and its impact on cancer patients."[7]

Development history

Dasatinib was developed by collaboration of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd,[8] and named for Bristol-Myers Squibb research fellow Jagabandhu Das, whose program leader says that the drug would not have come into existence had he not challenged some of the medicinal chemists' underlying assumptions at a time when progress in the development of the molecule had stalled.[9]

See also


  1. FDA. "FDA approves additional medical indication for Sprycel". www.fda.gov. FDA. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. Talpaz M, Shah NP, Kantarjian H, et al. (June 2006). "Dasatinib in imatinib-resistant Philadelphia chromosome-positive leukemias". N. Engl. J. Med. 354 (24): 2531–41. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa055229. PMID 16775234.
  3. Complete hematologic response was defined as normal white blood cell and platelet counts, no blasts in the peripheral blood, <5% myelocytes plus metamyelocytes in the peripheral blood, <20% basophils in the peripheral blood, and no extramedullary disease.
  4. Tokarski, J. S.; Newitt, J. A.; Chang, C. Y.; Cheng, J. D.; Wittekind, M.; Kiefer, S. E.; Kish, K.; Lee, F. Y.; Borzillerri, R.; Lombardo, L. J.; Xie, D.; Zhang, Y.; Klei, H. E. (2006). "The Structure of Dasatinib (BMS-354825) Bound to Activated ABL Kinase Domain Elucidates Its Inhibitory Activity against Imatinib-Resistant ABL Mutants". Cancer Research. 66 (11): 5790–5797. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-05-4187. PMID 16740718.
  5. NHS - Healthcare News
  6. FDA: Sprycel (dasatinib): Drug Safety Communication - Risk of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, 10/11/2011.
  7. 1 2 3 Deborah Cohen (4 November 2014). "US trade rep is pressing Indian government to forbid production of generic cancer drug, consortium says". BMJ. 349: g6593. doi:10.1136/bmj.g6593.
  8. https://www.otsuka.co.jp/en/company/release/2015/0302_01.html, http://news.bms.com/press-release/rd-news/fda-approves-us-product-labeling-update-sprycel-dasatinib-include-three-year-f, http://news.bms.com/press-release/financial-news/bristol-myers-squibb-announces-extension-us-agreement-abilify-and-estab
  9. Drahl, Carmen (16 January 2012). "How Jagabandhu Das made dasatinib possible". The Safety Zone blog. Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
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