Pemigatinib (INN), sold under the brand name Pemazyre, is a medication for the treatment of adults with previously treated, unresectable locally advanced or metastatic bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) with a fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) fusion or other rearrangement as detected by an FDA-approved test. Pemigatinib works by blocking FGFR2 in tumor cells to prevent them from growing and spreading.
Pemigatinib belongs to a group of medicines called protein kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking enzymes known as protein kinases, particularly those that are part of receptors (targets) called fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFRs). FGFRs are found on the surface of cancer cells and are involved in the growth and spread of the cancer cells. By blocking the tyrosine kinases in FGFRs, pemigatinib is expected to reduce the growth and spread of the cancer.