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•  IVIG/Albumin Supply Index
•  Open Market Pricing
•  New Products from FFF
•  Current Medicare
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Researchers have developed a blood test that quickly detects if someone has COVID-19 and how severely the immune system will react to the infection, which they say is needed to help doctors determine the best treatment plan. read more ]

WHO Recommends Two Drugs to Combat COVID-19 Infection

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending two new drugs to combat COVID-19 infections: 1) baricitinib, an oral drug that suppresses the immune system when overstimulated, in combination with corticosteroids and 2) sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody drug for mild cases in which a person has a high chance of hospitalization and for individuals who are unvaccinated, older, have a compromised immune system or are obese. read more ]

Blood Tests Reveal Who Is Likely to Be Hospitalized with COVID-19

A new study shows blood drawn from patients shortly after they are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may indicate who is most likely be hospitalized. read more ]

Industry News

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From Pfizer and BioNTech

Pfizer and BioNTech have initiated a clinical study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of an Omicron-based vaccine candidate in healthy adults 18 through 55 years of age. The study will have three cohorts examining different regimens of the current Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or an Omicron-based vaccine. read more ]

From Moderna

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 18 years and older based on follow-up data showing "high efficacy and favorable safety approximately six months after the second dose." read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Days On Hand

What's New at FFF


METHYLENE BLUE injection is used to treat methemoglobinemia (a blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobin is produced). It is also used as a bacteriological stain, as a dye in diagnostic procedures such as fistula detection, and for the delineation of certain body tissues during surgery. It is supplied in 10 mL single-dose vials.

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LANREOTIDE injection is a somatostatin analog indicated for 1) the long-term treatment of acromegalic patients who have had an inadequate response to or cannot be treated with surgery and/or radiotherapy; and 2) the treatment of adult patients with unresectable, well or moderately differentiated, locally advanced or metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors to improve progression-free survival. It is supplied in strengths of 60 mg/0.2 mL, 90 mg/0.3 mL and 120 mg/0.5 mL in single-dose prefilled syringes.

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ABLYSINOL (dehydrated alcohol) injection is an ablative agent indicated to induce controlled cardiac septal infarction to improve exercise capacity in adults with symptomatic hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy who are not candidates for surgical myectomy. It is supplied in 1 mL and 5 mL clear, glass, single-dose ampules.

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FOSFOMYCIN TROMETHAMINE is indicated only for the treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infections (acute cystitis) in women due to susceptible strains of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis. It is not indicated for the treatment of pyelonephritis or perinephric abscess. It is supplied in a 3 gram single-dose sachet.

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TICOVAC is an intramuscular vaccine indicated for active immunization to prevent tick-borne encephalitis in individuals 1 year of age and older. It is supplied in 0.25 mL and 0.5 mL pre-filled syringes in one dose or in packages of 10.

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FENTANYL CITRATE injection is indicated for 1) analgesic action of short duration during the anesthetic periods, premedication, induction and maintenance, and in the immediate postoperative period (recovery room) as the need arises; 2) use as an opioid analgesic supplement in general or regional anesthesia; 3) administration with a neuroleptic as an anesthetic premedication for the induction of anesthesia and as an adjunct in the maintenance of general and regional anesthesia and 4) use as an anesthetic agent with oxygen in selected high-risk patients such as those undergoing open heart surgery or certain complicated neurological or orthopedic procedures. It is supplied in single-dose ampules of 100 mcg Fentanyl/2 mL, 250 mcg Fentalyl/5 mL, 500 mcg Fentanyl/10 mL and 1000 mcg Fentanyl/20 mL, as well as in trays of 25 containing 2 mL, 5 mL, 10 mL, 20 mL and 50 mL single-dose fliptop vials.

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SENSORCAINE (bupivacaine HCl) is indicated for the production of local or regional anesthesia or analgesia for surgery, dental and oral surgery procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and for obstetrical procedures. It is supplied in 10 mL (2.5 mg/mL, 5 mg/mL and 7.5 mg/mL) and 30 mL (2.5 mg/mL and 5 mg/mL) single-dose vials in trays of 25, as well as 30 mL (2.5 mg/mL and 5 mg/mL) single-dose vials packaged in 5.

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ADAPALENE AND BENZOYL PEROXIDE GEL 0.3%/2.5% is a combination of adapalene, a retinoid, and benzoyl peroxide indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. It is supplied in a 45 gram pump.

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TROPHAMINE (6% and 10% amino acid injections) is indicated for the nutritional support of infants (including those of low birth weight) and young pediatric patients requiring total parenteral nutrition via either central or peripheral infusion routes. It is supplied sterile and nonpyrogenic in 500 mL glass containers with solid stoppers.

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ALBUTEIN 5% (human) is an albumin solution indicated for hypovolemia, cardiopulmonary bypass procedures, hypoalbuminemia and plasma exchange. It is supplied in an easy-to-use, flexible container.

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PYRIMETHAMINE TABLETS 25 mg are indicated for the treatment of toxoplasmosis when used conjointly with a sulfonamide, since synergism exists with this combination. They are supplied as tablets, each containing 25 mg pyrimethamine in bottles of 100 (NDC 47781-925-01) and 30 (NDC 47781-925-30) and in 30-count unit-dose blister cartons (NDC 47781-925-31).

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ACETAMINOPHEN INJECTION is indicated for the management of mild to moderate pain in adult and pediatric patients 2 years and older; management of moderate to severe pain with adjunctive opioid analgesics in adult and pediatric patients 2 years and older; and reduction of fever in adult and pediatric patients. It is a clear colorless solution supplied sterile and nonpyrogenic in 50 mL and 100 mL fill PAB containers packaged 24 per case.

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VAXELIS is a three-dose vaccine indicated for active immunization to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b in children 6 weeks through 4 years old. It is supplied in a single-dose vial in packages of 10 and a 0.5 mL single-dose prefilled syringe with a Luer lock connection and a tip cap without a needle in packages of 10.

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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 January 1, 2022, through March 31, 2022.

Calculate Your Current Medicare IVIG/SCIG Rates
Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
ASCENIV J1554 $963.54 $948.09
BIVIGAM J1556 $140.89 $138.72
FLEBOGAMMA DIF J1572 $71.79 $70.63
GAMMAGARD SD J1566 $139.18 $136.95
GAMMAPLEX J1557 $101.61 $99.98
OCTAGAM J1568 $83.23 $81.89
PANZYGA 90283 / J1599 $130.09 $128.01
PRIVIGEN J1459 $90.02 $88.57
CUTAQUIG 90284 / J3590 $135.26 $133.09
CUVITRU J1555 $147.48 $145.11
HIZENTRA J1559 $117.85 $115.96
HYQVIA J1575 $154.19 $151.72
XEMBIFY J1558 $132.96 $130.83
GAMMAGARD LIQUID J1569 $93.33 $91.84
GAMMAKED J1561 $93.02 $91.53
GAMUNEX-C J1561 $93.02 $91.53

* Reflects 2% sequestration reduction applied to 80% Medicare payment portion as required under Budget Control Act of 2011.
** ASP-based Medicare payment rate not yet available; payment rate assigned by your Medicare Administrative Contractor.

Log in to BioSupply for Immune Globulin Products


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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