Amgen Launches Prefilled Syringe for Neulasta
Amgen reports that Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) Delivery Kit is now available in the United States. The Neulasta Delivery Kit includes a specially designed single-use prefilled syringe co-packaged with the new On-body Injector for Neulasta. The Neulasta Delivery Kit will enable the healthcare provider (HCP) to initiate administration of Neulasta on the same day as chemotherapy. Certain patients now have to return to the HCP to receive an injection of Neulasta
Neulasta is a leukocyte growth factor approved by the FDA in 2002, and is indicated to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anticancer drugs. It posted 2014 revenues of $4.6 billion.
In addition to the On-body Injector, the Neulasta Delivery Kit includes a specifically designed Neulasta prefilled syringe along with HCP and Patient Instructions for Use and a Quick Reference Guide. On the same day as a chemotherapy session, the HCP initiates Neulasta administration by using the co-packaged syringe to fill the injector and activate it. The On-body Injector is then applied to the patient, to deliver Neulasta approximately 27 hours after the administration of chemotherapy. Activation of the injector leads to the subsequent insertion of the subcutaneous cannula while under HCP supervision. The HCP then reviews and provides the patient with the Patient Instructions for Use, which includes information about the On-body Injector for Neulasta and what the patient can expect while wearing it.