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FDA Chooses Influenza Vaccine Strains for the 2018-19 Season

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In this Issue

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee has chosen the Northern Hemisphere’s 2018-19 influenza vaccine strains based on the World Health Organization’s recommendations on Feb. 22. [ read more ]

Heart Failure Death Risk Drops 50% in Those Who Receive Flu Vaccines

A new study shows people with heart failure who receive a seasonal influenza vaccine have a 50 percent drop in the risk of death during flu season and a 20 percent drop in the risk of death during the rest of the year. [ read more ]

Study Finds Vaccines Don’t Weaken Babies’ Immune Systems

In response to concerns from parents about whether multiple vaccines in early childhood could weaken their children’s immune system, researchers conducted a study that examined whether the vaccine schedule was associated with an increased risk of infections not targeted by vaccines and found no statistically significant differences in estimated cumulative vaccine antigen exposure through the first 23 months of life. [ read more ]

Industry News

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From CSL Behring

CSL Behring is discontinuing Monoclate-P (antihemophilic factor [human], factor VIII). According to a company statement, "as hemophilia A treatment has advanced, and patients have transitioned from plasma-derived to recombinant and longer-acting therapies, it has been increasingly difficult to sustain the production and distribution of Monoclate-P." CSL estimates supply will be available through December 2018, which gives providers time to consider different treatment options for patients. [ read more ]

From CSL Behring

CSL Behring is discontinuing the production of Carimune NF (immune globulin [human] nanofiltered) in the third quarter of 2018 due to the preference among healthcare professionals and patients for newer, more advanced immune globulin options.  [ read more ]

From AstraZeneca

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has voted 12-2 to recommend FluMist, the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine, be used during the 2018-19 influenza season. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Supply Index from December 2017 - March 2018
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What's New at FFF


HEPLISAV-B (hepatitis B vaccine [recombinant] adjuvanted) is indicated in adults ages 18 and older for prevention of infection caused by all known subtypes of hepatitis B virus. It is supplied in 0.5 mL single-dose vials.

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REBINYN (glycoPEGylated) is a recombinant DNA-derived coagulation factor IX concentrate indicated for use in adults and children with hemophilia B for on-demand treatment and control of bleeding episodes and perioperative management of bleeding. It is available as a lyophilized powder in single-use vials of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 IU.

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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 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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