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Support Kit
GILOTRIF Patient Support Kit, Learn More
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GILOTRIF Patient Starter Guide, Download PDF
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Del 19 Patient Profile
Del 19 Patient Profile, Download PDF
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Carcinoma Patient Profile
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patient Profile, Download PDF
Patient Appointment
Patient Appointment Checklist, Download PDF
GILOTRIF Clinical Information, Download PDF
Patient Care Guide
Patient Care Guide, Download PDF
GILOTRIF Prescription and Enrollment Form
GILOTRIF Prescription and Enrollment Form, Download PDF


EGFR in Cellular Signaling

The ErbB family of receptors is composed of 4 members: EGFR (ErbB1), HER2 (ErbB2), ErbB3, and ErbB4.1

EGFR mutations trigger aberrant ErbB family signaling a key driver in the growth and spread of EGFR M+ metastatic NSCLC.1

Gilotrif Mechanism of Action Video

GILOTRIF: Mechanism of Action

GILOTRIF® (afatinib) tablets is a small molecule, ATP-competitive tyrosine kinase domain inhibitor that irreversibly binds to EGFR, HER2, and ErbB4, resulting in down regulation of ErbB signaling.1,2

The clinical significance of the mechanism of action has not been established.

Access Support

For patients prescribed GILOTRIF, Solutions Plus® offers patient support from the start.

Find more information about Solutions Plus®

Coverage and Reimbursement Assistance

  • Investigation and verification of coverage for your patients within 2 business days from initiation
  • Anticipate and communicate prior authorization requirements for payers

Co-pay Assistance

  • Ensures maximum monthly out-of-pocket costs of $25 for eligible commercially insured US-resident patients
  • No income eligibility, benefit cap, or additional paperwork

Alternative funding support

Reimbursement Specialists will direct patients to nonprofit independent foundations or the
Patient Assistance Program

Bridge program

Eligible patients experiencing more than a 5-day payer approval delay can receive a 15-day supply
of GILOTRIF for the FDA-approved indications

Online Resources

Please note: This is not a complete list and is provided for informational purposes only.




  • GILOTRIF can cause diarrhea which may be severe and can result in dehydration with or without renal impairment. In clinical studies, some of these cases were fatal.
  • For patients who develop Grade 2 diarrhea lasting more than 48 hours or Grade 3 or greater diarrhea, withhold GILOTRIF until diarrhea resolves to Grade 1 or less, and then resume at a reduced dose.
  • Provide patients with an anti-diarrheal agent (e.g., loperamide) for self-administration at the onset of diarrhea and instruct patients to continue anti-diarrheal until loose stools cease for 12 hours.
Bullous and Exfoliative Skin Disorders
  • GILOTRIF can result in cutaneous reactions consisting of rash, erythema, and acneiform rash. In addition, palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia syndrome was observed in clinical trials in patients taking GILOTRIF.
  • Discontinue GILOTRIF in patients who develop life-threatening bullous, blistering, or exfoliating lesions. For patients who develop Grade 2 cutaneous adverse reactions lasting more than 7 days, intolerable Grade 2, or Grade 3 cutaneous reactions, withhold GILOTRIF. When the adverse reaction resolves to Grade 1 or less, resume GILOTRIF with appropriate dose reduction.
  • Postmarketing cases of toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and Stevens Johnson syndrome (SJS) have been reported in patients receiving GILOTRIF. Discontinue GILOTRIF if TEN or SJS is suspected.
Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) or ILD-like adverse reactions (e.g., lung infiltration, pneumonitis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or alveolitis allergic) occurred in patients receiving GILOTRIF in clinical trials. In some cases, ILD was fatal. The incidence of ILD appeared to be higher in Asian patients as compared to white patients.
  • Withhold GILOTRIF during evaluation of patients with suspected ILD, and discontinue GILOTRIF in patients with confirmed ILD.
Hepatic Toxicity
  • Hepatic toxicity as evidenced by liver function tests abnormalities has been observed in patients taking GILOTRIF. In 4257 patients who received GILOTRIF across clinical trials, 9.7% had liver test abnormalities, of which 0.2% were fatal.
  • Obtain periodic liver testing in patients during treatment with GILOTRIF. Withhold GILOTRIF in patients who develop worsening of liver function. Treatment should be discontinued in patients who develop severe hepatic impairment while taking GILOTRIF.
  • Keratitis has been reported in patients taking GILOTRIF.
  • Withhold GILOTRIF during evaluation of patients with suspected keratitis. If diagnosis of ulcerative keratitis is confirmed, treatment with GILOTRIF should be interrupted or discontinued. If keratitis is diagnosed, the benefits and risks of continuing treatment should be carefully considered. GILOTRIF should be used with caution in patients with a history of keratitis, ulcerative keratitis, or severe dry eye. Contact lens use is also a risk factor for keratitis and ulceration.
Embryo-Fetal Toxicity
  • GILOTRIF can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise pregnant women and females of reproductive potential of the potential risk to a fetus.
  • Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment, and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose of GILOTRIF. Advise female patients to contact their healthcare provider with a known or suspected pregnancy.


Adverse Reactions observed in clinical trials were as follows:
First-line treatment of EGFR mutation-positive, metastatic NSCLC
  • In GILOTRIF-treated patients (n=229) the most common adverse reactions (≥20% all grades & vs pemetrexed/cisplatin-treated patients (n=111)) were diarrhea (96% vs 23%), rash/acneiform dermatitis (90% vs 11%), stomatitis (71% vs 15%), paronychia (58% vs 0%), dry skin (31% vs 2%), and pruritus (21% vs 1%). Other clinically important adverse reactions observed in patients treated with GILOTRIF include: decreased appetite (29%), nausea (25%), and vomiting (23%).
  • Serious adverse reactions were reported in 29% of patients treated with GILOTRIF. The most frequent serious adverse reactions reported in patients treated with GILOTRIF were diarrhea (6.6%), vomiting (4.8%), and dyspnea, fatigue, and hypokalemia (1.7% each). Fatal adverse reactions in GILOTRIF-treated patients included pulmonary toxicity/ILD-like adverse reactions (1.3%), sepsis (0.43%), and pneumonia (0.43%).
  • More GILOTRIF-treated patients (2.2%) experienced ventricular dysfunction (defined as diastolic dysfunction, left ventricular dysfunction, or ventricular dilation; all < Grade 3) compared to chemotherapy-treated patients (0.9%).
Previously Treated Metastatic Squamous NSCLC
  • In GILOTRIF-treated patients (n=392) the most common adverse reactions (≥20% all grades & vs erlotinib-treated patients (n=395)) were diarrhea (75% vs 41%), rash/acneiform dermatitis (70% vs 70%), stomatitis (30% vs 11%), decreased appetite (25% vs 26%), nausea (21% vs 16%).
  • Serious adverse reactions were reported in 44% of patients treated with GILOTRIF. The most frequent serious adverse reactions reported in patients treated with GILOTRIF were pneumonia (6.6%), diarrhea (4.6%), and dehydration and dyspnea (3.1% each). Fatal adverse reactions in GILOTRIF-treated patients included ILD (0.5%), pneumonia (0.3%), respiratory failure (0.3%), acute renal failure (0.3%), and general physical health deterioration (0.3%).


Effect of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) Inhibitors and Inducers
  • Concomitant use of P-gp inhibitors (including but not limited to ritonavir, cyclosporine A, ketoconazole, itraconazole, erythromycin, verapamil, quinidine, tacrolimus, nelfinavir, saquinavir, and amiodarone) with GILOTRIF can increase exposure to afatinib.
  • Concomitant use of P-gp inducers (including but not limited to rifampicin, carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, and St. John’s wort) with GILOTRIF can decrease exposure to afatinib.


  • Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from GILOTRIF, lactating women should not breastfeed during treatment with GILOTRIF and for 2 weeks after the final dose.
Females and Males of Reproductive Potential
  • GILOTRIF may reduce fertility in females and males of reproductive potential. It is not known if the effects on fertility are reversible.
Renal Impairment
  • Patients with severe renal impairment (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] 15 to 29 mL/min /1.73 m2) have a higher exposure to afatinib than patients with normal renal function. Administer GILOTRIF at a starting dose of 30 mg once daily in patients with severe renal impairment. GILOTRIF has not been studied in patients with eGFR <15 mL/min/1.73 m2 or who are on dialysis.
Hepatic Impairment
  • GILOTRIF has not been studied in patients with severe (Child Pugh C) hepatic impairment. Closely monitor patients with severe hepatic impairment and adjust GILOTRIF dose if not tolerated.


  • GILOTRIF is indicated for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have non-resistant epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test. Limitation of Use: Safety and efficacy of GILOTRIF have not been established in patients whose tumors have resistant EGFR mutations.
  • GILOTRIF is indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic squamous NSCLC progressing after platinum-based chemotherapy.

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