Chemotherapy works by killing fast-growing cancer cells. One of the side effects of chemotherapy is that it can decrease the number of white blood cells in your body. Having a low white blood cell count can weaken your immune system, which increases your risk of infection.
A low white blood cell count is called neutropenia. When combined with a fever, it’s called febrile neutropenia (FN)—and it may be a sign that you have an infection, which is one of the most serious side effects of strong chemotherapy. Based on a study of patient data from 2007 to 2010, more than 80% of US patients with FN require hospitalization.
* If, for any reason, you believe you did not receive your full dose of Neulasta® or that your on-body injector is not working correctly, immediately contact your healthcare provider, as an incomplete dose could increase infection risk.
A study of 928 patients with breast cancer showed that when given once every chemotherapy cycle, Neulasta® helped protect against the risk of infection and reduced hospitalizations. 17% of patients got infections when not treated with Neulasta®— while only 1% of patients got infections when treated with Neulasta®, a 94% reduction. 14% of patients were hospitalized when not treated with Neulasta®— while only 1% of patients treated with Neulasta® were hospitalized, a 93% reduction.
Watch this video to find out how white blood cell boosters such as Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) may help your body fight infection.
Once available only by manual injection, most patients had to return to the clinic the day after chemo to get their Neulasta® shot. Today, the innovative Neulasta® Onpro® on-body injector offers the same Neulasta® dose delivered at home.*
*If, for any reason, you believe you did not receive your full dose of Neulasta® or that your on-body injector is not working correctly, immediately contact your healthcare provider, as an incomplete dose could increase infection risk.
Do not take Neulasta® if you have had a serious allergic reaction to pegfilgrastim or filgrastim.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The most common side effect of Neulasta® is pain in your bones and in your arms and legs.
These are not all the possible side effects of Neulasta®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report negative side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see Neulasta® Patient Information.
Neulasta® Injection: 6 mg/0.6 mL in a single-dose prefilled syringe for manual use only.
Neulasta® Injection: 6 mg/0.6 mL in a single-dose prefilled syringe co-packaged with the on-body injector (OBI) for Neulasta® (Neulasta® Onpro® kit).