Generic name: PEGFILGRASTIM 6mg in 0.6mL
Dosage form: injection
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The recommended dosage of Neulasta is a single subcutaneous injection of 6 mg administered once per chemotherapy cycle in adults. Do not administer Neulasta between 14 days before and 24 hours after administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy.
Neulasta is administered subcutaneously via a single prefilled syringe for manual use or for use with the On-body Injector for Neulasta which is co-packaged with a single prefilled syringe.
For manual use or On-body Injector for Neulasta use, visually inspect parenteral drug products (prefilled syringe) for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Do not administer Neulasta if discoloration or particulates are observed.
The needle cap on the prefilled syringes contains dry natural rubber (derived from latex); persons with latex allergies should not administer these products.
Special Healthcare Provider Instructions for the On-body Injector for Neulasta
A healthcare provider must fill the On-body Injector with Neulasta using the prefilled syringe and then apply the On-body Injector for Neulasta to the patient’s skin (abdomen or back of arm). The back of the arm may only be used if there is a caregiver available to monitor the status of the On-body Injector for Neulasta. Approximately 27 hours after the On-body Injector for Neulasta is applied to the patient’s skin, Neulasta will be delivered over approximately 45 minutes. A healthcare provider may initiate administration with the On-body Injector for Neulasta on the same day as the administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy, as long as the On-body Injector for Neulasta delivers Neulasta no less than 24 hours after administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy.
The prefilled syringe co-packaged in the Neulasta Delivery Kit must only be used with the On-body Injector for Neulasta. The prefilled syringe contains additional solution to compensate for liquid loss during delivery through the On-body Injector for Neulasta. If the prefilled syringe co-packaged in the Neulasta Delivery Kit is used for manual subcutaneous injection, the patient will receive an overdose. If the single use prefilled syringe for manual use is used with the On-body Injector for Neulasta, the patient may receive less than the recommended dose.
Do not use the On-body Injector for Neulasta to deliver any other drug product except the Neulasta prefilled syringe co-packaged with the On-body Injector for Neulasta.
The On-body Injector for Neulasta should be applied to intact, non-irritated skin on the arm or abdomen.
A missed dose could occur due to an On-body Injector for Neulasta failure or leakage. If the patient misses a dose, a new dose should be administered by single prefilled syringe for manual use, as soon as possible after detection.
Refer to the Healthcare Provider Instructions for Use for the On-body Injector for Neulasta for full administration information.
Advice to Give to Patients Regarding Administration via the On-body Injector for Neulasta
Advise patients to avoid activities such as traveling, driving, or operating heavy machinery during hours 26-29 following application of the On-body Injector for Neulasta (this includes the 45-minute delivery period plus an hour post-delivery). Patients should have a caregiver nearby for the first use.
Refer the patient to the dose delivery information written on the Patient Instructions for Use. Provide training to patients to ensure they understand when the dose delivery of Neulasta will begin and how to monitor the On-body Injector for Neulasta for completed delivery. Ensure patients understand how to identify signs of malfunction of On-body Injector for Neulasta. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Patient Counseling Information (17)].