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Study Identifies Why TB Vaccines Are Ineffective

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•  IVIG/Albumin Supply Index
•  Open Market Pricing
•  New Products from FFF
•  Current Medicare
•  Resources
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Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered the reason the tuberculosis vaccine, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, and other investigational vaccine candidates are not more effective is because the immune response is too slow; it’s not because they elicit an immune response that is too weak to control the infection. [ read more ]

Hemophilia B Gene Therapy Is Effective Despite Immune Reactions

In a Phase I/II study of nine patients with hemophilia B who underwent Spark Therapeutics’ SPK-9001 gene therapy, two patients experienced adverse autoimmune reactions, necessitating treatment with steroids and resulting in the production of lower levels of the blood-clotting protein factor IX (FIX); however, neither patient has suffered from bleeds or required rescue treatment with FIX infusions. [ read more ]

AMA Joins with Other Organizations to Reform Prior-Authorization Requirements

The American Medical Association and a coalition of 16 other organizations representing physicians, medical groups, hospitals, pharmacists and patients have devised a set of 21 principles to guide reform of utilization-management programs, including prior-authorization and step-therapy requirements. [ read more ]

Industry News

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From Bio Products Laboratory

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Bio Products Laboratory’s Gammaplex 10% (immune globulin intravenous [human] 10% liquid) for the treatment of primary immunodeficiency and chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura in adults. [ read more ]

From CSL Behring

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted CSL Behring's biologics license application for Privigen (immune globulin intravenous [human] 10% liquid) to treat chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.  [ read more ]

From Grifols

Grifols has opened a new Biomat USA Inc. plasma donor center in Sparks, Nev. The state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot facility is Grifols’ second location in the Sparks/Reno area and the latest addition to its extensive plasma collection network. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Supply Index from November 2016 - February 2017
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What's New at FFF

Bivalirudin (Fresenius Kabi)

Bivalirudin for injection is a direct thrombin inhibitor indicated for use as an anticoagulant in patients 1) with unstable angina undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty; 2) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with provisional use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor as in the REPLACE-2 study; and 3) with, or at risk of, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia or heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis syndrome, undergoing PCI. It is available for intravenous use, and is supplied in a single-use vial containing 250 mg of Bivalirudin. It is intended for use with aspirin, and has been studied only in patients receiving concomitant aspirin.

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*Call for eligibility through your GPO affiliation.

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, 2017, through March 31, 2017.

Product J Codes ASP + 6%
(before sequester)
ASP + 4.3%*
(after sequester)
Bivigam J1556 $74.29 $73.10
Carimune NF J1566 $64.08 $63.05
Flebogamma J1572 $65.36 $64.31
Gammagard S/D J1566 $64.08 $63.05
Gammaplex J1557 $78.01 $76.76
Octagam J1568 $70.80 $69.66
Privigen J1459 $77.35 $76.11
Cuvitru J3490 / J3590 / J7799 ** **
Hizentra J1559 $98.46 $96.88
HyQvia J1575 $129.69 $127.61
Gammagard Liquid J1569 $80.39 $79.10
Gammaked J1561 $72.88 $71.71
Gamunex-C J1561 $72.88 $71.71

*Reflects 2% sequestration reduction applied to 80% Medicare payment portion as required under Budget Control Act of 2011.
** Cuvitru does not yet have Medicare rates.

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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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