Indication

Neulasta® is a prescription medication used to help reduce the chance of infection due to a low white blood cell count, in people with certain types of
cancer (non-myeloid), who receive anti-cancer medicines (chemotherapy) that can cause fever and low blood cell count.

Neulasta® is a prescription medication used to help reduce the chance of infection due to a low white blood cell count, in people with certain types of cancer (non-myeloid), who receive anti-cancer medicines (chemotherapy) that can cause fever and low blood cell count.

Neulasta® is a prescription medication used to help reduce the chance of infection due to a low white blood cell count, in people with certain types of cancer (non-myeloid), who receive anti-cancer medicines (chemotherapy) that can cause fever and low blood cell count.

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In 2016 83% of commercially insured patients paid $0 out-of-pocket (OOP) per dose for Neulasta® and Neulasta® Onpro®.

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Need help finding financial resources for Neulasta® and Neulasta® Onpro®?

The Neulasta FIRST STEP® Program

The Neulasta FIRST STEP® program* can help you reduce out-of-pocket cost for your Neulasta® and Neulasta® Onpro® prescription if you purchase your own insurance plan or receive one through your job.

Log on to www.AmgenFIRSTSTEP.com or call 1-888-657-8371 for more information.

*This program is not open to patients receiving prescription reimbursement under any federal, state, or government-funded healthcare program, such as Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Medigap, Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), or TRICARE®, or where otherwise prohibited by law.

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Whatever insurance you have—even if you have none—Amgen 360TM can help you understand how your Amgen medicine may be covered and refer you to programs that may be able to help you afford it, such as Neulasta FIRST STEP® or other independent nonprofit organizationsb.

bResources include referrals to independent nonprofit patient assistance programs. Eligibility for resources provided by independent nonprofit patient assistance programs is based on the nonprofits' criteria. Amgen has no control over these programs and provides referrals as a courtesy only.

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Find Support in the Cancer Community

There are organizations all over the country that can provide information and support during your cancer journey and beyond.* Start here to find resources in your area.

*These third party resources are for your information only. Amgen does not endorse and is not responsible for the content included in these resources.

American Cancer Society® (ACS)

News, information, and support.

Phone (toll-free): 800-227-2345

www.cancer.org

Cancer Hope Network

National, nonprofit organization offering free and confidential one-on-one emotional support to adult patients with cancer and their families.

Phone (toll-free): 1-877-467-3638

www.cancerhopenetwork.org

Cancer Support Community®

Support, education, and researh for people living with cancer.

Phone: 202-659-9709 or toll-free 888-793-9355

www.cancersupportcommunity.org

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.

Phone (toll-free): 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237)

www.cancer.gov

National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Alliance of leading cancer centers that offers patient education resources and assistance information, including disease-specific treatment guidelines.

Phone: 215-690-0300

www.nccn.org/patients

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

Direct case management, education and financial support for people living with chronic and debilitating diseases.

Phone: 800-532-5274

www.patientadvocate.org

Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF)

Nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection.

Phone (toll-free): 800-227-2732

www.preventcancer.org

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Injector Disposal Program

The Sharps Disposal Container Program helps you easily and safely dispose of the On-body Injector for Neulasta® at no additional cost. You can sign up as soon as your doctor prescribes Neulasta® Onpro®. If you have additional questions about the Sharps Disposal Container Program, call 1-844-MYNEULASTA (1-844-696-3852).

Has your doctor prescribed the Neulasta® Onpro® kit which includes the On-body Injector for Neulasta®?

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Doctor Discussion Guide

Your doctor is there to answer your questions and help you get the most out of your treatment. These questions will help you get the conversation started.

  • What type of chemotherapy am I receiving?
  • How long will I need to use Neulasta®?
  • Am I at risk for infection?
  • Is Neulasta® Onpro® an option for me?
  • What could happen if I get a serious infection?
  • Is Neulasta® or Neulasta® Onpro® covered by my insurance?
  • Should Neulasta® be part of my treatment plan?

Get a printable list of these and other questions to take to your next appointment.

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Glossary of Chemo & Cancer Terms

This list of terms will help you better understand your cancer treatment.

Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) – ANC refers to the total number of neutrophils present in the blood. Neutrophils are particularly important because they defend our bodies against certain types of infection.

Bacteria – Microscopic (can only be seen with a microscope) organisms (living things) that live in and around most living and nonliving things. Some types of bacteria help our bodies stay in balance, while other types can multiply within the body and cause infection. Bacteria are the most common causes of infections in people with cancer. Some examples of bacterial infection include food poisoning, pneumonia, and strep throat.

Chemotherapy (chemo) – Drugs to destroy cancer cells. A person on chemotherapy may take one drug or a combination of drugs. Most often these drugs are given by vein using intravenous (IV) infusion. Some can be taken by mouth or given as an injection, among other methods of delivery.

Co-insurance – Some insurance coverage requires you to pay a percentage of the cost of covered medical services, usually 20–30 percent. Your portion of the cost is the co-insurance.

Colony-stimulating factors – Also called CSFs, colony-stimulating factors are drugs that promote the production of various white blood cells. An example of a CSF is Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim).

Complete blood count (CBC) – The CBC is a test that determines the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood.

Co-payment – Also called co-pay, a flat fee for specified medical services required by some insurers. For example, your insurance provider may require you to pay a $10 co-payment for a doctor visit or a $50 co-payment for a hospital stay.

Deductible – The amount you must pay each year for your medical expenses before your insurance policy starts paying. Deductibles are common in fee-for-service coverage and PPOs.

Febrile neutropenia – Having a low white blood cell count (neutropenia) and a fever (a neutropenic fever). Febrile neutropenia is often a sign of a serious infection. Infection – An invasion of microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses that have the ability to multiply and cause disease.

Lymphoma – Cancer that begins in cells of the lymphatic system (part of the immune system that produces and stores cells that fight infection and disease).

Myelosuppressive chemotherapy – Sometimes called strong chemotherapy, a type of chemotherapy that can lower the number of blood cells in your body. Often, people just use the word myelosuppressive to mean chemotherapy that lowers your number of white blood cells.

Neutropenia – A lower-than-normal number of neutrophils (infection-fighting white blood cells) in the blood. It is a common side effect of some chemotherapy treatments. Doctors check the number of neutrophils when they measure the white blood cell count, to monitor the risk of infection.

Neutropenic fever – Having a low white blood cell count with a fever may be a sign of serious infection.

Neutrophil – The most common type of white blood cell. Neutrophils help the body fight infection. A low white blood cell count usually indicates that the neutrophil count is low. It is easier to get an infection and harder to recover from an infection when the number of neutrophils in the bloodstream is low.

Neutrophil count – The number of a specific kind of infection-fighting white blood cells called neutrophils in the blood. A low white blood cell count usually indicates that the neutrophil count is low. It is easier to get an infection and harder to recover from an infection when the number of neutrophils in the bloodstream is low.

Oncologist – A doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer.

Placebo – A "dummy" treatment used in some clinical trials. In these studies, a group of patients who are given a placebo treatment are compared to another group of patients who are given the actual treatment. The difference in results between the actual treatment group and the placebo group are considered the result of giving the medicine.

Platelets – A type of cell made in the bone marrow. The main function of platelets is to aid in clotting the blood following an injury.

Side effect – Any undesired actions or effects of a drug or treatment. For example, common side effects of chemotherapy include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

White blood cell (WBC) – A white blood cell is one of the three main types of blood cells. They are produced in the bone marrow and released into the blood. White blood cells are responsible for fighting infection. There are several kinds of white blood cells, including monocytes, lymphocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take Neulasta®?

Do not take Neulasta® if you have had a serious allergic reaction to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) or to NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim).

What should I tell my health care provider before taking Neulasta®? Tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • Have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease
  • Have had severe skin reactions to acrylic adhesives
  • Are allergic to latex
  • Have problems with your kidneys
  • Have any other medical problems
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Neulasta® may harm your unborn baby.
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Neulasta® passes into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are possible serious side effects of Neulasta®?

  • Spleen Rupture. Your spleen may become enlarged and can rupture while taking Neulasta®. A ruptured spleen can cause death. Call your doctor right away if you have pain in the left upper stomach area or left shoulder tip area. This pain could mean your spleen is enlarged or ruptured.
  • A serious lung problem called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms of ARDS: fever, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or a fast rate of breathing.
  • Serious Allergic Reactions. Get emergency medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms of a serious allergic reaction with Neulasta®: shortness of breath, wheezing, dizziness, swelling around the mouth or eyes, fast pulse, sweating, and hives.

If you have an allergic reaction during the delivery of Neulasta®, remove the On-body Injector for Neulasta® by grabbing the edge of the adhesive pad and peeling off the On-body Injector. Get emergency medical help right away.

  • Sickle Cell Crises. Severe sickle cell crises, and sometimes death, can happen in people with sickle cell trait or disease who receive filgrastim, a medicine similar to Neulasta®.
  • Kidney injury (glomerulonephritis). Kidney injury has been seen in patients who received Neulasta®. You should notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience puffiness in your face or ankles, blood in your urine or brown colored urine or you notice you urinate less than usual.
  • Increased white blood cell count (leukocytosis). Your doctor will check your blood during treatment with Neulasta ®.
  • Capillary Leak Syndrome. Neulasta® can cause fluid to leak from blood vessels into your body’s tissues. This condition is called "Capillary Leak Syndrome" (CLS). CLS can quickly cause you to have symptoms that may become life-threatening. Get emergency medical help right away if you develop any of the following symptoms:
    • swelling or puffiness and are urinating less often
    • trouble breathing
    • swelling of your stomach area (abdomen) and feeling of fullness
    • dizziness or feeling faint
    • a general feeling of tiredness
    • The most common side effect of Neulasta® is pain in the bones and in your arms and legs.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Neulasta®. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report negative side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information about Neulasta®, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist; go to www.neulasta.com, or call 1-844-696-3852 (1-844-MYNEULASTA).

Please see Neulasta® Patient Information.

Important Safety Information
Who should not take Neulasta®?
Do not take Neulasta® if you have had a serious allergic reaction to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) or to NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim).
What should I tell my health care provider before taking Neulasta®? Tell your healthcare provider if you:
• Have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease

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