Vertex Connects: Connecting you and your patients to the journey ahead

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Vertex Connects is a program that provides educational resources, communications, and support to navigate the treatment journey for individuals and their loved ones who have been prescribed a Vertex gene therapy.

Vertex Connects offers support through Care Managers who will:

Vertex Connects offers support through Care Managers who will:

  • Share educational resources to help patients prepare for each step
  • Provide information and help answer questions along the treatment journey
  • Work with Authorized Treatment Centers to help coordinate the logistics of each patient’s treatment journey

Confirmation of eligibility and a completed enrollment form are required to enroll in Vertex Connects Patient Support. Enrollment in Vertex Connects Patient Support is not required for receiving CASGEVY.



Neutrophil Engraftment Failure

There is potential risk of neutrophil engraftment failure after treatment with CASGEVY. In the clinical trials, all treated patients achieved neutrophil engraftment and no patients received rescue CD34+ cells.


CASGEVY is indicated for the treatment of patients aged 12 years and older with:

  • sickle cell disease (SCD) with recurrent vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs)
  • transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia (TDT)
  • sickle cell disease (SCD) with recurrent vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs)
  • transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia (TDT)

Monitor absolute neutrophil counts (ANC) and manage infections according to standard guidelines and medical judgement. In the event of neutrophil engraftment failure, patients should be infused with rescue CD34+ cells.

Delayed Platelet Engraftment

Delayed platelet engraftment has been observed with CASGEVY treatment. There is an increased risk of bleeding until platelet engraftment is achieved. In the clinical trials, there was no association observed between incidence of bleeding events and time to platelet engraftment.

Monitor patients for bleeding according to standard guidelines and medical judgement. Conduct frequent platelet counts until platelet engraftment and platelet recovery are achieved. Perform blood cell count determination and other appropriate testing whenever clinical symptoms suggestive of bleeding arise.

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis can occur due to dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or dextran 40 in the cryopreservative solution. Monitor patients for hypersensitivity reactions during and after infusion.

Off-Target Genome Editing Risk

Although off-target genome editing was not observed in the edited CD34+ cells evaluated from healthy donors and patients, the risk of unintended, off-target editing in an individual’s CD34+ cells cannot be ruled out due to genetic variants. The clinical significance of potential off-target editing is unknown.


The most common Grade 3 or 4 non-laboratory adverse reactions (occurring in ≥ 25%) were mucositis and febrile neutropenia in patients with SCD and patients with TDT, and decreased appetite in patients with SCD.

All (100%) of the patients with TDT and SCD experienced Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. Other common Grade 3 or 4 laboratory abnormalities (≥ 50%) include leukopenia, anemia, and lymphopenia.


No formal drug interaction studies have been performed. CASGEVY is not expected to interact with the hepatic cytochrome P450 family of enzymes or drug transporters.

Use of Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor (G-CSF): G-CSF must not be used for CD34+ HSC mobilization of patients with SCD.

Use of Hydroxyurea: Discontinue the use of hydroxyurea at least 8 weeks prior to start of each mobilization cycle and conditioning. There is no experience of the use of hydroxyurea after CASGEVY infusion.

Use of Voxelotor and Crizanlizumab: Discontinue the use of voxelotor and crizanlizumab at least 8 weeks prior to start of mobilization and conditioning, as their interaction potential with mobilization and myeloablative conditioning agents is not known.

Use of Iron Chelators: Discontinue the use of iron chelators at least 7 days prior to initiation of myeloablative conditioning, due to potential interaction with the conditioning agent. Some iron chelators are myelosuppressive. If iron chelation is required, avoid the use of non-myelosuppressive iron chelators for at least 3 months and use of myelosuppressive iron chelators for at least 6 months after CASGEVY infusion. Phlebotomy can be used instead of iron chelation, when appropriate.


Pregnancy/Lactation: CASGEVY must not be administered during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discontinued during conditioning because of the risks associated with myeloablative conditioning. Pregnancy and breastfeeding after CASGEVY infusion should be discussed with the treating physician.

Females and Males of Reproductive Potential: A negative serum pregnancy test must be confirmed prior to the start of each mobilization cycle and reconfirmed prior to myeloablative conditioning.

Women of childbearing potential and men capable of fathering a child should use effective methods of contraception from start of mobilization through at least 6 months after administration of CASGEVY. Advise patients of the risks associated with conditioning agents.

Infertility has been observed with myeloablative conditioning therefore, advise patients of fertility preservation options before treatment, if appropriate.

Please see full Prescribing Information for CASGEVY.