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Cell-Based and Recombinant Vaccines More Effective in 2017-18 Flu 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

New data shows cell-based and recombinant vaccines were more effective in the 2017-18 influenza season, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. [ read more ]

Study Finds Mumps Vaccine Protection Wanes Over Time

A recent meta-analysis of six studies of mumps vaccine effectiveness conducted in the U.S. found protection against mumps lasts an average of 27 years after the last dose of the vaccine. The findings suggest that in addition to the recommended two doses of mumps vaccine in childhood, adding a third dose or booster shot at age 18 could help maintain protection. [ read more ]

2018 Budget Act Provision Narrows the Gap for IG Home Infusion Therapy Reimbursement

In February, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law by President Trump that includes a provision to more adequately fund immune globulin infusion therapy in the home. [ read more ]

Industry News

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From CSL Behring

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved CSL Behring's Hizentra (immune globulin subcutaneous [human] 20% liquid) for the treatment of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy as a maintenance therapy to prevent relapse of neuromuscular disability and impairment. [ read more ]

From GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline has received breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its meningitis B vaccine Bexsero (meningococcal group B vaccine (rDNA, component, adsorbed]) for the development of the vaccine in the prevention of invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B in children 2 years to 10 years of age.  [ read more ]

From Octapharma

For the second year in a row, Octapharma USA will serve as the exclusive sponsor of "Making the Connection," a national conference for patients with type 3 von Willebrand disease, to be held June 22–25 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

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

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In this Issue

•  Banishing Burnout in the Healthcare Setting
•  The Evolution of Medical Aid in Dying
•  Are Drugs Really Overpriced?
•  Healthcare Data: Ensuring Regulatory Compliance
•  Myths and Facts: Cataracts
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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


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 Apr. 1, 2018, through Jun. 30, 2018.

Calculate your current medicare IVIG/SCIG Rates
Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
Carimune NF J1566 $71.06 $69.92
Flebogamma J1572 $70.29 $69.16
Gammagard S/D J1566 $71.06 $69.92
Gammaplex J1557 $78.19 $76.93
Octagam J1568 $82.81 $81.49
Privigen J1459 $79.30 $78.03
CUVITRU J1555 $135.25 $133.08
Hizentra J1559 $98.33 $96.75
HyQvia J1575 $138.59 $136.37
Gammagard Liquid J1569 $79.38 $78.10
Gammaked J1561 $78.29 $77.03
Gamunex-C J1561 $78.29 $77.03

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

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