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How Supplied


BOSULIF is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with chronic, accelerated, or blast phase Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy.


Recommended Dosing

The recommended dose and schedule of BOSULIF is 500 mg orally once daily with food. Continue treatment with BOSULIF until disease progression or patient intolerance.

If a dose is missed beyond 12 hours, the patient should skip the dose and take the usual prescribed dose on the following day.

Dose Escalation

Consider dose escalation to 600 mg once daily with food in patients who do not reach complete hematological response (CHR) by week 8 or a complete cytogenetic response (CCyR) by week 12, who did not have Grade 3 or higher adverse reactions, and who are currently taking 500 mg daily.

Dose Adjustments For Non-Hematologic Adverse Reactions

Elevated liver transaminases: If elevations in liver transaminases greater than 5×institutional upper limit of normal (ULN) occur, withhold BOSULIF until recovery to less than or equal to 2.5×ULN and resume at 400 mg once daily thereafter. If recovery takes longer than 4 weeks, discontinue BOSULIF. If transaminase elevations greater than or equal to 3×ULN occur concurrently with bilirubin elevations greater than 2×ULN and alkaline phosphatase less than 2×ULN (Hy’s law case definition), discontinue BOSULIF [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Diarrhea: For NCI CTCAE Grade 3-4 diarrhea (increase of greater than or equal to 7 stools/day over baseline/pretreatment), withhold BOSULIF until recovery to Grade less than or equal to 1. BOSULIF may be resumed at 400 mg once daily [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

For other clinically significant, moderate or severe non-hematological toxicity, withhold BOSULIF until the toxicity has resolved, then consider resuming BOSULIF at 400 mg once daily. If clinically appropriate, consider reescalating the dose of BOSULIF to 500 mg once daily.

Dose Adjustments For Myelosuppression

Dose reductions for severe or persistent neutropenia and thrombocytopenia are described below (Table 1).

Table 1:Dose Adjustments for Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia

ANCa less than 1000 x 106/L
Platelets less than 50,000 x 106/L

Withhold BOSULIF until ANC greater than or equal to1000x106/L and platelets greater than or equal to 50,000x106/L.
Resume treatment with BOSULIF at the same dose if recovery occurs within 2 weeks. If blood counts remain low for greater than 2 weeks, upon recovery, reduce dose by 100 mg and resume treatment.
If cytopenia recurs, reduce dose by an additional 100 mg upon recovery and resume treatment.
Doses less than 300 mg/day have not been evaluated.

a Absolute Neutrophil Count

Concomitant Use With CYP3A Inhibitors

Avoid the concomitant use of strong or moderate CYP3A inhibitors with BOSULIF as an increase in bosutinib plasma concentration is expected (strong CYP3A inhibitors include boceprevir, clarithromycin, conivaptan, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir/ritonavir, mibefradil, nefazodone, nelfinavir, posaconazole, ritonavir, saquinavir, telaprevir, telithromycin, and voriconazole. Moderate CYP3A inhibitors include amprenavir, aprepitant, atazanavir, ciprofloxacin, crizotinib, darunavir/ritonavir, diltiazem, erythromycin, fluconazole, fosamprenavir, grapefruit products, imatinib and verapamil) [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].

Concomitant Use With CYP3A Inducers

Avoid the concomitant use of strong or moderate CYP3A inducers with BOSULIF as a large reduction in exposure is expected (strong CYP3A inducers include carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin and St. John’s Wort. Moderate CYP3A inducers include bosentan, efavirenz, etravirine, modafinil and nafcillin) [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].

Recommended Starting Dosage With Hepatic Impairment Or Renal Impairment

Organ Function Status Recommended Starting Dosage
Normal hepatic and renal function 500 mg once daily
Hepatic impairment
  Mild (Child-Pugh A), Moderate (Child-Pugh B) or severe (Child-Pugh C) 200 mg daily
Renal impairment
  Creatinine clearance 30 to 50 mL/min 400 mg daily
  Creatinine clearance less than 30 mL/min 300 mg daily
[see Use In Specific Populations and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].


Dosage Forms And Strengths

100 mg tablets: yellow, oval, biconvex, film-coated tablets debossed with “Pfizer” on one side and “100” on the other.

500 mg tablets: red, oval, biconvex, film-coated tablets debossed with “Pfizer” on one side and “500” on the other.

Storage And Handling

BOSULIF (bosutinib) tablets are supplied for oral administration in two strengths: a 100 mg yellow, oval, biconvex, film-coated tablet debossed with “Pfizer” on one side and “100” on the other; and a 500 mg red, oval, biconvex, filmcoated tablet debossed with “Pfizer” on one side and “500” on the other. BOSULIF (bosutinib) tablets are available in the following packaging configurations (Table 7):

Table 7:Tablet Presentations

Package Configuration Tablet Strength
NDC Tablet Description
120 tablets per bottle 100 mg 0069-0135-01 Yellow, oval, biconvex, film-coated tablets, debossed “Pfizer” on one side and “100” on the other.
30 tablets per bottle 500 mg 0069-0136-01 Red, oval, biconvex, film-coated tablets, debossed “Pfizer” on one side and “500” on the other.


Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Handling And Disposal

Procedures for proper disposal of anticancer drugs should be considered. Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements, or drug take back programs.

Distributed by: Pfizer Labs, Division of Pfizer NY, NY 10017. Revised: April 2017

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/27/2017

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