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Is Nucala (Mepolizumab) a form of chemotherapy?

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masso 31 May 2016

What is Nucala?

Nucala (mepolizumab) is a monoclonal antibody that affects the actions of the body's immune system. Mepolizumab works by reducing levels of a certain type of white blood cell that may contribute to the symptoms of asthma.

Nucala is a subcutaneous injection given once a month that is used together with other medicines to help control severe asthma in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

Nucala may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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Srr1111 11 Nov 2016

For insurance coding purposes you may have seen 'chemotherapy' on your statement; however, it really is in a class called biologics. Since it requires much more medical attention to be tested and authorized to even begin treatment and then it's important continued regular appointments are kept and doctor observation(especially the first 3 injections) is required to a greater degree. Due to this, insurance companies will code such biologics (Xolair being another example) as chemotherapy to ensure proper care from the medical team and it also pays out at a much higher rate to your doctor (as you're expected to take up more of their time). It's not chemotherapy but it is an immunosuppressant so there are some similar risks.

yoginistephanie 13 Nov 2016

Thanks for an actual answer and good to know. I'm confused when people paste drug information that has nothing to do with the question.

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