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Flu Shot During Pregnancy Protects Newborns

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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

A recently published study in JAMA Pediatrics finds that an influenza (flu) shot given during pregnancy protects newborns against the flu primarily during the first eight weeks of life. [ read more ]

New Vaccine Developed to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a new form of a vaccine to treat multiple sclerosis, which has successfully passed preclinical trials and two clinical stages. [ read more ]

Blood Test Could Predict Heart Attack Risk

New findings suggest that a blood test could predict whether an individual is at risk of suffering a heart attack in the next five years. [ read more ]

Industry News

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From Inovio Pharmaceuticals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first human trial of an experimental Zika virus vaccine. [ read more ]

From Rutgers University

An experimental antibiotic has shown promise against the superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).[ read more ]

From CSL Behring

CSL Behring has announced the two winners of its annual global Interlaken Leadership Awards, which provides monetary grants and/or product supply for investigational use to support research focusing on the potential role of immune globulin therapy in the treatment of neurological/neuromuscular disorders. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Supply Index from January 2016 - July 2016
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Featured Products of the Month

HyperRHO S/D

HyperRHO® S/D

HyperRHO S/D is a RhO(D) immune globulin (Human) for intramuscular use indicated for: 1) pregnancy and other obstetric conditions; and 2) transfusion. HyperRHO S/D Full Dose is recommended for the prevention of Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn by its administration to the RhO(D) negative mother within 72 hours after birth of an Rh0(D) positive infant. HyperRHO S/D Mini-Dose is recommended to prevent the isoimmunization of RhO(D) negative women at the time of spontaneous or induced abortion of up to 12 weeks' gestation. For transfusion, HyperRHO S/D is used to prevent isoimmunization in Rh0(D) negative individuals who have been transfused with Rh0(D) positive red blood cells or blood components containing red blood cells. [ read more ]
HyperRAB S/D

HyperRAB® S/D

HyperRAB S/D is a rabies immune globulin (Human) for intramuscular use. The rabies vaccine and HyperRAB S/D should be given to all persons suspected of exposure to rabies with one exception: Persons who have been previously immunized with rabies vaccine and have a confirmed adequate rabies antibody titer should receive only vaccine. HyperRAB S/D should be administered as promptly as possible after exposure, but can be administered up to the eighth day after the first dose of vaccine is given. [ read more ]


What's New at FFF

CEFEPIME  (WG Critical Care)

Cefepime (intravenous infusion) is indicated for the treatment of several types of bacterial infections of the lungs, skin, abdomen and urinary tract.

For more information about Cefepime, go to


Sotradecol injection is indicated for the treatment of small uncomplicated varicose veins of the lower extremities that show simple dilation with competent valves.

For more information about Sotradecol, go to

ENTYVIO  (Takeda)

Entyvio (vedolizumab) is indicated for treatment of adults with 1) moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who have had an inadequate response with, lost response to or were intolerant to a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker or immunomodulator; or had an inadequate response with, were intolerant to or demonstrated dependence on corticosteroids to: induce and maintain clinical response or remission, improve endoscopic appearance of the mucosa or achieve corticosteroid-free remission;a nd 2) moderately to severely active Crohn's disease who have had an inadequate response with, lost response to or were intolerant to a TNF blocker or immunomodulator; or had an inadequate response with, were intolerant to or demonstrated dependence on corticosteroids to: achieve clinical response, clinical remission or corticosteroid-free remission.

For more information about Entyvio, go to


Aripiprazole tablets are an atypical antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and irritability associated with autism.

For more information about Aripiprazole, go to
*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

Verapamil HCI Injection (Exela Pharma Sciences)

Verapamil hydrochloride injectable (HCI) is a calcium ion influx inhibitor (slow-channel blocker or calcium ion antagonist) that works by relaxing the muscles of the heart and blood vessels. It is indicated for the treatment of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, including 1) rapid conversion to sinus rhythm of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, including those associated with accessory bypass tracts (Wolf-Parkinson-White [WPW] and Lown-Ganong-Levine [LGL] syndromes), and 2) temporary control of rapid ventricular rate in atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation, except when the atrial flutter and/or fibrillation are associated with accessory bypass tracts (Wolf-Parkinson-White [WPS] and Lown-Ganong-Levine [LGL] syndromes).

For more information about Verapamil HCI, go to
*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

Omidria (Omeros)

Omidria is an alpha 1-adrenergic receptor agonist and nonselective cyclooxygenase inhibitor that is added to ophthalmic irrigation solution used during cataract surgery or intraocular lens replacement. It is indicated for maintaining pupil size by preventing intraoperative miosis and reducing postoperative ocular pain.

For more information about Omidria, go to

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 July 1, 2016, through September 30, 2016.

Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
Bivigam J1556 $74.81 $73.61
Carimune NF J1566 $68.07 $66.97
Flebogamma J1572 $75.78 $74.56
Gammagard S/D J1566 $68.07 $66.97
Gammaplex J1557 $73.86 $72.67
Octagam J1568 $79.55 $78.28
Privigen J1459 $76.47 $75.24
Hizentra J1559 $98.35 $96.77
HyQvia J1575 $129.98 $127.90
Gammagard Liquid J1569 $80.00 $78.72
Gammaked J1561 $81.80 $80.49
Gamunex-C J1561 $81.80 $80.49

*Reflects 2% sequestration reduction applied to 80% Medicare payment portion as required under Budget Control Act of 2011.


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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