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Study to Test Gene Therapy in SCID Patients

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Over the next five years, a new study will test gene therapy in up to 15 children with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency as an alternative to stem cell transplants using donor cells that can result in serious infection. [ read more ]

Researchers Receive Grant to Study Most Effective Treatment for Kawasaki Disease

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California, Davis, have received a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a three-year study to look at the effectiveness of two treatment options for children with Kawasaki disease who are resistant to initial therapy. [ read more ]

Study Shows Topical Use of Fibrin Sealant Can Reduce Blood Loss and Need for Transfusion in Total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty

Results of a meta-analysis that assessed the safety and effectiveness of topical administration of fibrin sealants on postoperative blood loss and blood requirements in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty showed that it can decrease the need for transfusion, decrease total blood loss, decrease blood drainage loss and shorten the length of hospital stay. [ read more ]

Industry News

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From American Autoimmune Related Disease Association

In honor of National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month in March, the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association has launched the first registry for patients with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.
[ read more ]

From Pfizer

Results of a Phase II clinical trial of Pfizer’s preventive vaccine against Clostridium difficile (C. diff) showed the vaccine was safe and stimulated a C. diff-targeted immune response.  [ read more ]

From Sanofi Pasteur and MedImmune

Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi’s vaccines global business unit, and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, have agreed to develop and commercialize a monoclonal antibody, MEDI8897, for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus-associated illness in newborns and infants. [ read more ]

IVIG & Albumin Supply Index

IVIG and Albumin Supply Index from December 2016 - March 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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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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Seasonal Flu Poster flu myths and facts brochure
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•  Hyperimmune Globulins
•  Anti-Inhibitor, Factor VIIa & IX
•  Factor VIII & von Willebrand Factor
•  Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

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