Food and Drug Administration recently
approved tbo-filgrastim to reduce the time certain patients receiving cancer
chemotherapy experience severe neutropenia, a decrease in infection-fighting
white blood cells called neutrophils. U.S.
Tbo-filgrastim is intended for use in adults who have cancers other than blood or bone marrow cancers (non-myeloid malignancies) and are taking chemotherapy drugs that cause a substantial decrease in the production of neutrophils in the bone marrow. This reduction in neutrophils may lead to infection and fever (febrile neutropenia).
Tbo-filgrastim stimulates the bone marrow to increase the production of neutrophils. It is administered as an injection beginning 24 hours after chemotherapy treatment.