Mobilization of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells for Autologous Transplantation Using Pegfilgrastim and Plerixafor: Efficacy and Cost Implications

Academic Article


  • Filgrastim (FIL) is the most common growth factor combined with plerixafor for autologous hematopoietic progenitor cell mobilization, but requires daily, multi-injection administration. We adopted a standardized mobilization regimen with pegfilgrastim (PEG) and upfront plerixafor, allowing for a single injection given the long half-life and slow elimination of PEG. Between 2015 and 2017, a total of 235 patients with lymphoma or plasma cell dyscrasias underwent mobilization with PEG 6 mg on day 1 and upfront plerixafor 24 mg on day 3, followed by apheresis on day 4 regardless of peripheral blood CD34+ cells. The median CD34+ cells/mm3 in peripheral blood on first day of collection was 48 and median collection yield was 7.27 × 106 CD34+ cells/kg (range, 0.32 to 39.6 × 106 CD34+ cells/kg) after a mean of 1.6 apheresis collections. Overall, 83% of patients achieved the mobilization target, and 95% reached the minimum necessary CD34+ cell yield to proceed with transplantation (2 × 106 CD34+ cells/kg). Because FIL is weight-based and dosed daily, the cost comparison with PEG is influenced by patient weight and number of apheresis sessions required. A cost simulation using actual patient data indicates that PEG is associated with lower cost than FIL for the majority of patients. Autologous hematopoietic progenitor cell mobilization with PEG and plerixafor is practical, effective, and not associated with increased cost compared with FIL mobilization.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 27136461
  • Author List

  • Watts NL; Marques MB; Peavey DB; Innis-Shelton R; Saad A; AD S; Salzman D; Lamb LS; Costa LJ
  • Start Page

  • 233
  • End Page

  • 238
  • Volume

  • 25
  • Issue

  • 2