The following drug information is obtained from various newswires, published medical journal articles, and medical conference presentations.

Approval Status:

Approved November 1997

Specific Treatments:

platelet deficiency

Therapeutic Areas

General Information

Neumega (Oprelvekin) has been approved to promote the production of the body's supply of platelets in cancer patients with solid tumors or lymphoma who are undergoing chemotherapy. By significantly reducing the incidence of severely low platelet levels (thrombocytopenia), a serious side effect which often delays chemotherapy administration, Neumega may give some cancer patients a better chance of receiving the treatment they need to fight their disease.

Clinical Results

In clinical trial involving 170 patients, Neumega reduced the incidence of severe chemotherapy-induced platelet depletion, reduced the need for platelet transfusions, and reduced the number of platelet transfusions required.

Side Effects

The most common adverse effects associated with Neumega treatment included peripheral edema, dyspnea, tachycardia, and conjunctival redness.


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