FFF Enterprises: BioSupply Trends Newsletter
Monday, Jan 21, 2019

Pregnant Women and Obese Should Be Tested and Treated Promptly if Hospitalized for Influenza Symptoms

 

In this Issue

•  IVIG/Albumin Supply Index
•  Open Market Pricing
•  New Products from FFF
•  Current Medicare
IVIG / SCIG Rates
•  Resources
•  Subscribe to IG Living and BioSupply Trends Quarterly
 

In December, the Infectious Diseases Society of America updated guidelines that recommend pregnant women and the extremely obese be tested and begin antiviral treatment promptly if they are sick enough to be hospitalized with flu symptoms. [ read more ]

Study Shows Mini-Pools of IVIG as Effective as Standard IVIG to Treat Pediatric ITP

A new study shows mini-pools of intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) from as few as 20 donations are just as sufficient in treating pediatric immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) as standard high IVIG doses. [ read more ]

Study Finds Chronic Fatigue May Be Linked to an Overactive Immune System

A new study has found people who are prone to develop chronic fatigue syndrome-like illness have an overactive immune system both before and during a challenge to the immune system. [ read more ]

Industry News

 
 

From Sanofi and Merck

Sanofi and Merck's VAXELIS has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a three-dose series in children age 6 weeks to 4 years prior to the fifth birthday. VAXELIS is a hexavalent vaccine indicated for the prevention of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenza type b. [ read more ]

From Amgen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Amgen's romiplostim to treat pediatric patients ages 1 year and older with immune thrombocytopenia for a minimum of six months and who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immune globulin or splenectomy.  [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Days On Hand
 
 

What's New at FFF

ANDEXXA (PORTOLA)

ANDEXXA [coagulation factor Xa (recombinant), inactivated-zhzo] is the first and only antidote indicated for patients treated with rivaroxaban and apixaban, when reversal of anticoagulation is needed due to life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding. It is supplied in cartons of four single-use vials containing 100 mg of ANDEXXA as a white to off-white lyophilized cake or powder.

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OMIDRIA (OMEROS)

Omidria is an alpha 1-adrenergic receptor agonist and nonselective cyclooxygenase inhibitor that is added to ophthalmic irrigation solution used during cataract surgery or intraocular lens replacement. It is indicated for maintaining pupil size by preventing intraoperative miosis and reducing postoperative ocular pain.

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ZEMDRI (ACHAOGEN)

ZEMDRI (plazomicin) is indicated in patients 18 years of age or older for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections, including pyelonephritis caused by the following susceptible microorganism(s): Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis and Enterobacter cloacae. It is supplied in single-dose (50 mg) 10-mL vials fitted with flip-off seals with royal blue polypropylene buttons as a clear, colorless to yellow, sterile solution.

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NAROPIN (FRESENIUS KABI)

Naropin (Ropivacaine) hydrochloride injection is indicated for the production of local or regional anesthesia for surgery and for acute pain management. Naropin is preservative-free and is available through FFF in single dose containers in 2 (0.2%) and 5 (0.5%) concentrations.

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*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

XYLOCAINE (FRESENIUS KABI)

Xylocaine (lidocaine HCI) injections are indicated for production of local or regional anesthesia by infiltration techniques such as percutaneous injection and intravenous regional anesthesia by peripheral nerve block techniques such as brachial plexus and intercostal and by central neural techniques such as lumbar and caudal epidural blocks. Xylocaine is available in the following dosage forms: Xylocaine-MPF, Xylocaine MPF with Epinephrine and Xylocaine with Epinephrine.

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*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

DIPHENHYDRAMINE (FRESENIUS KABI)

Diphenhydramine hydrochloride in the injectable form is effective in adults and pediatric patients, other than premature infants and neonates, for the following conditions when Diphenhydramine hydrochloride in the oral form is impractical: antihistaminic, motion sickness and antiparkinsonism. Diphenhydramine is available in 50 mg/mL SDV packs of 25.

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*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

DILTIAZEM (AKORN)

Diltiazem hydrochloride injection is a calcium ion influx inhibitor (slow channel blocker or calcium channel antgonist) indicated for the treatment of atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. Diltiazem is available through FFF in the following strengths and sizes: 25 mg/5 mL, 50 mg/10 mL and 125 mg/25 mL.

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*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

ONDANSETRON (HERITAGE PHARMACEUTICALS INC)

ONDANSETRON injection, USP is a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist indicated for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of emetogenic cancer chemotherapy and the prevention of postoperative nausea and/or vomiting. Ondansetron is available through FFF in 4 mg/2 mL vials packs of 25.

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POTASSIUM CHLORIDE (HOSPIRA)

Potassium Chloride for Injection Concentrate, USP is indicated in the treatment of potassium deficiency states when oral replacement is not feasible. Potassium Chloride is available through FFF in the following concentrations and sizes: 10 mEq/5 mL, 20 mEq/10 mL and 40 mEq/20 mL.

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These products can be ordered from FFF Enterprise's BioSupply Online Ordering System or by calling
Wow! Customer Care at (800) 843-7477.

Current Medicare IVIG / SCIG Rates

Rates per gram are effective January 1, 2019, through March 31, 2019.

 
Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
IVIG
Flebogamma J1572 $68.79 $67.69
Gammagard S/D J1566 $86.22 $84.84
Gammaplex J1557 $91.78 $90.31
Octagam J1568 $70.94 $69.80
Privigen J1459 $80.64 $79.34
SCIG
CUVITRU J1555 $136.05 $133.87
Hizentra J1559 $101.12 $99.50
HyQvia J1575 $141.78 $139.51
IVIG / SCIG
Gammagard Liquid J1569 $84.45 $83.10
Gammaked J1561 $80.23 $78.94
Gamunex-C J1561 $80.23 $78.94

*Reflects 2% sequestration reduction applied to 80% Medicare payment portion as required under Budget Control Act of 2011.

 

Resources

FFF customers may order the following complementary resources to help you with your practice:

•  IG Immune Globulin (Human)
•  Hyperimmune Globulins
•  Anti-Inhibitor, Factor VIIa & IX
•  Factor VIII & von Willebrand Factor
•  Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

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