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Study Shows a Positive Mood Could Boost Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine

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In this Issue

•  IVIG/Albumin Supply Index
•  Open Market Pricing
•  New Products from FFF
•  Current Medicare
•  Resources
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Researchers at the University of Nottingham in England have found evidence that being in a positive mood when receiving an influenza vaccine can increase its protective effect. The study is the first to examine several psychological and behavioral factors that have been shown to affect how well vaccinations work. [ read more ]

New Technology Could Deliver All Childhood Vaccinations in a Single Injection

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have invented new technology that could enable every childhood vaccination to be given in a single injection using microscopic capsules injected into the body that release the dose and required boosters at exactly the appropriate time. [ read more ]

Universal Flu Vaccine Begins Two-Year Clinical Trial

Researchers at the University of Oxford have begun a two-year clinical trial to test a universal influenza vaccine in more than 2,000 patients. The vaccine works by using proteins found in the core of the virus that remain stable, rather than those on its surface that mutate all the time. [ read more ]

Industry News

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From CSL Behring

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Privigen (immune globulin intravenous [human] 10% liquid) to treat adults with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy to improve neuromuscular disability. [ read more ]

From Amgen

Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb) is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved biosimilar cancer drug. It was approved as a biosimilar to Avastin (bevacizumab) for the treatment of adults with certain color, lung, brain, kidney and cervical cancers.  [ read more ]

From Novartis

Novartis' Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Supply Index from July 2017 - October 2017
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What's New at FFF


PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM (injection) is a proton pump inhibitor indicated for 1) short-term treatment (seven to 10 days) of gastroesophageal reflux disease associated with a history of erosive esophagitis and 2) pathological hypersecretion conditions, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It is supplied in 40 mg pantoprazole freeze-dried powder in a single-dose vial for reconstitution.

For more information about PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM,
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Current Medicare IVIG / SCIG Rates

Rates per gram are effective Oct. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017.

Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
Carimune NF J1566 $68.56 $67.46
Flebogamma J1572 $59.67 $58.71
Gammagard S/D J1566 $68.56 $67.46
Gammaplex J1557 $82.16 $80.84
Octagam J1568 $73.24 $72.06
Privigen J1459 $77.01 $75.78
CUVITRU ** J3490/J3590/J7799 - -
Hizentra J1559 $98.13 $96.56
HyQvia J1575 $131.36 $129.25
Gammagard Liquid J1569 $79.57 $78.29
Gammaked J1561 $77.89 $76.64
Gamunex-C J1561 $77.89 $76.64

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

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

Seasonal Flu Poster flu myths and facts brochure
immune globulin reference charts
•  IG Immune Globulin (Human)
•  Hyperimmune Globulins
•  Anti-Inhibitor, Factor VIIa & IX
•  Factor VIII & von Willebrand Factor
•  Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

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