Amgen announced the launch of Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) Onpro NARRATIVES, an online media resource about the value of a cancer care team that provides comprehensive support for patients receiving strong chemotherapy. Intended to support conversations between cancer patients undergoing strong chemotherapy and their healthcare team about potential risk for infection due to a low white blood cell count, Neulasta Onpro NARRATIVES shares personal cancer stories as well as educational materials.
"Getting the breast cancer diagnosis was terrifying and unbelievable," said Natalie M., a breast cancer patient from Huntington Beach, California. “But once I got over the shock, I made sure I had the right team around me, including an oncologist and nursing staff I trusted to help guide me through my cancer journey."
After identifying Natalie was at risk for infection due to strong chemotherapy, her oncologist, Dr. John S. Link in Orange County, Calif., recommended she take Neulasta. When discussing options for Neulasta delivery, her nurse – Linda Buck, MSN, ANP-C, OCN – suggested Natalie try Neulasta Onpro because it could be applied the same day as her chemotherapy treatment and was designed to automatically deliver the dose of Neulasta the next day.1
On Neulasta Onpro NARRATIVES, Dr. Link and Nurse Buck share their personal experience working together to care for people going through strong chemotherapy and identify those who may be at risk for infection, and specifically describe how they cared for Natalie through her very personal cancer journey.
In addition to the personal stories, Neulasta Onpro NARRATIVES provides tips for initiating the important discussion between patients and their cancer care team, along with other educational resources. Resources on Neulasta Onpro NARRATIVES are intended to help raise awareness of the risk for infection due to strong chemotherapy and encourage patients to discuss the potential risk with their healthcare professional.
Neulasta is indicated to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with a clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia. Neulasta is not indicated for the mobilization of peripheral blood progenitor cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
In a pivotal clinical trial, in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies undergoing myelosuppressive chemotherapy associated with a clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia, treatment with Neulasta was shown to significantly reduce the incidence of febrile neutropenia.
Neulasta is administered by manual injection and is also available via the Neulasta Onpro kit, which was approved by the FDA in 2014 and includes a specially designed, single-use prefilled syringe co-packaged with an on-body injector for Neulasta.
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