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Repeated Influenza Vaccination
in Older Adults Reduces Severity
of Virus


In this Issue

•  IVIG/Albumin Supply Index
•  Open Market Pricing
•  New Products from FFF
•  Current Medicare
•  Resources
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New research has found repeated influenza vaccination in older adults is twice as effective in preventing severe influenza in those admitted to the hospital for the virus, compared with nonsevere cases, and that this effect is consistent regardless of flu season, virus subtypes or age of patient. [ read more ]

No Special Precautions Are Required for Influenza Vaccines in People with Egg Allergy

According to new practice parameters by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), individuals with an egg allergy should receive their yearly flu shot, and no special precautions are required due to the tiny amount of egg protein contained in the vaccine. [ read more ]

Subcutaneous Prophylaxis with Bispecific Monoclonal Antibody Reduces Bleeding Rate in Hemophilia A and Inhibitors

Findings from a multinational Phase III study involving 109 male participants with hemophilia A and inhibitors showed that once-weekly subcutaneous prophylactic administration of an investigational bispecific humanized monoclonal antibody (emicizumab; ACE910) was associated with a significantly lower rate of bleeding events than no prophylaxis. [ read more ]

Industry News

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From Dynavax Technologies Corp.

HEPLISAV-B, the first new hepatitis B vaccine in the United States in more than 25 years and the only two-dose hepatitis B vaccine for adults, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November. [ read more ]

From GlaxoSmithKline

England's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published draft guidance recommending GlaxoSmithKline's Strimvelis as an option for treating adenoid deaminase deficiency-severe combined immunodeficiency when no suitable matched related stem cell donor is available.  [ read more ]

From Genentech

In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Perjeta (pertuzumab), in combination with Herceptin (trastuzumab) and chemotherapy (the Perjeta-based regimen), for adjuvant (after surgery) treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer at high risk of recurrence. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Supply Index from October 2017 - January 2018
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NEW Issue of Biosupply Trends Quarterly!

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In this Issue

•  The Misdiagnosis Dilemma
•  Growing Old with HIV
•  Expanding Uses of IVIG
•  Update on Diabetes
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MyFluVaccine Loyalty Program

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for the 2019-2020 season?
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What's New at FFF


DAPTOMYCIN (injection) is indicated for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients (1 to 17 years old) with complicated skin and skin structure infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant isolates), Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. Equisimilis and Enterococcus faecalis (vancomycin-susceptible isolates only). It is not indicated to treat pneumonia. It comes in 500 mg lyophilized powder for reconstitution in a single-dose vial.

For more information about DAPTOMYCIN, login to
*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

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 Jan. 1, 2018, through Mar. 31, 2018.

Calculate your current medicare IVIG/SCIG Rates
Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
Carimune NF J1566 $68.83 $67.73
Flebogamma J1572 $67.31 $66.23
Gammagard S/D J1566 $68.83 $67.73
Gammaplex J1557 $77.62 $76.37
Octagam J1568 $71.18 $70.04
Privigen J1459 $76.96 $75.73
CUVITRU J1555 $137.89 $135.68
Hizentra J1559 $98.31 $96.73
HyQvia J1575 $140.63 $138.37
Gammagard Liquid J1569 $81.45 $80.14
Gammaked J1561 $81.41 $80.10
Gamunex-C J1561 $81.41 $80.10

*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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