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AAP Recommends Flu Vaccine for All Children 6 Months and Older

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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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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued its 2018-19 influenza (flu) season recommendations, urging all children ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot with the goal to provide the optimal protection against all strains of influenza, a serious illness resulting in a record number of pediatric deaths during this past year. [ read more ]

Long-Term Rituximab Treatment Is Safe and Effective in Treating Autoimmune Neurological Diseases

A recent study shows long-term depletion of peripheral B cells with rituximab appears safe and effective in treating patients with immune-mediated neurological disorders such as neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis. [ read more ]

Study Shows Newborns' Immune Systems Ramp Up After Birth

A new study shows newborns' immune systems ramp up immediately after birth, which may make it possible to prevent autoimmune diseases and allergies, as well as help to develop better vaccines tailored to the neonatal immune system.
[ read more ]

Industry News

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From Genentech

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rituxan (rituximab) to treat moderate-to-severe phemphigus vulgaris. It is the first biologic therapy approved and the first major advancement in the treatment of the condition in more than 60 years. [ read more ]

From Teva Pharmaceuticals

A generic epinephrine auto-injector in 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths, the first generic versions of Mylan's EpiPen and EpiPen Jr., has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminsitration.  [ read more ]

From Pfizer

Nivestym (filgrastim-aafi), a biosimilar to Neupogen, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for all eligible indications of the reference product. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Days On Hand
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Vaccinate Your Baby Boomers

When we mention vaccines, we often think of children—perhaps sniffling at a doctor's office, with a colorful Band-Aid on their arm. However, the need for vaccination doesn't end when your patients become adults. Despite this fact, adult vaccination rates remain low throughout the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following vaccinations for adults:

  • Influenza - once a year, for everyone 6 months or older
  • Tdap/Td - all ages, once for Tdap and once every 10 years for Td booster
  • Herpes zoster (shingles) - 2 doses of recombinant (RZV) 2-6 months apart; 50 years of age or older preferred
  • MMR - once, all adults born in 1957 or later
  • Hepatitis A - 2 dose series for adults who have a specific risk or seek protection
  • Meningococcal - 1 or more doses depending on indication
  • Pneumococcal - All adults 65 and older, 1 dose of PCV13, followed by one dose of PPSV23 at least 1 year after

Many of the recommended vaccinations for adults depend upon not only age, but lifestyle and high-risk medical conditions as well. Even if your patients received the vaccines they needed as children, the protection from some vaccines can wear off. Helping your adult patients understand the importance of adult vaccination is a good idea for the same reason they were immunized as children: vaccines are the best protection we have against a number of infectious diseases. To view the Adult Vaccination Schedule, click here.

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What's New at FFF


ASTERO is a medicated hydrogel wound dressing in a metered-dose bottle containing lidocaine hydrochloride 4%, an amide-type local anesthetic, indicated for painful wounds such as stage I-IV pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, ulcerations caused by mixed vascular etiologies, diabetic skin ulcers, first- and second-degree burns, and post-surgical incisions, cuts and abrasions. It is supplied in a 1.0-ounce (28.5 gram) 30 mL airless pump.

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LIDIDOSE is indicated for temporary relief of minor pain. It is used to prepare skin prior to an injection and pain associated with any procedure requiring penetration of the skin such as dialysis, vaccinations, venipuncture and other procedures. Each single-dose swab contains 1.0 mL of lidocaine hydrochloride 3%.

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Current Medicare IVIG / SCIG Rates

Rates per gram are effective July 1, 2018, through September 30, 2018.

Calculate your current medicare IVIG/SCIG Rates
Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
Flebogamma J1572 $72.15 $71.00
Gammagard S/D J1566 $82.81 $81.48
Gammaplex J1557 $111.54 $109.75
Octagam J1568 $66.32 $65.25
Privigen J1459 $79.34 $78.07
CUVITRU J1555 $135.01 $132.84
Hizentra J1559 $98.50 $96.92
HyQvia J1575 $145.38 $143.05
Gammagard Liquid J1569 $101.11 $99.49
Gammaked J1561 $82.42 $81.09
Gamunex-C J1561 $82.42 $81.09

*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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