Author Archives: Laura Benson

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Code Updates: Large Price Changes Reminder – NEW HCPCS Q-Codes effective July 1, 2018  CMS NEWS: April 1, 2018 NOC Pricing File Updated Drug Reimbursement Code Price Updates  Drugs/Devices: New Clinical and Billing Information New Webinar: Shedding Light on Medically Covered Specialty Drug Pricing Methods Let’s discuss Specialty Drug Pricing Methods… WAC. […]

Migraine is a debilitating disorder that affects millions of people in the United States. Migraine has the ability to affect individuals in a way that deprives them of their normal, daily activities, and often results in pain, physical impairment, lost productivity, and increased financial cost. Fremanezumab (TEV-48125), developed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., is a […]

Mogamulizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody being developed by Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. for the treatment of cutaneous and peripheral T-cell lymphomas, T-cell leukemia, and T-cell lymphomas. Mogamulizumab has shown promising efficacy in treating Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) in a phase III trial. The FDA granted mogamulizumab a Breakthrough Therapy Designation on August 25, […]

New Drug Overview: Epoetin alfa-epbx (Retacrit®) Generic Name Brand Name Manufacturer Approval Date Anticipated Availability Accelerated Review Epoetin alfa-epbx Retacrit® Hospira Inc., a Pfizer company May 15, 2018 Not available n/a Labeled Indications: For the treatment of anemia caused by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in patients on dialysis and not on dialysis For the treatment […]

Migraine is a debilitating disorder that affects millions of people in the United States. Migraine has the ability to affect individuals in a way that deprives them of their normal, daily activities, and often results in pain, physical impairment, lost productivity, and increased financial cost. Erenumab (Aimovig™, AMG-334) is a fully human monoclonal antibody being […]

Day 2 AMCP 2018 presentations provided continuing opportunities for learning, networking and the sharing of ideas. Today’s headline session presented by Douglas Long, BS, MBA focused on pharmacy marketplace trends.  Of note was that Hepatitis is no longer a key topic, demonstrating a trend towards successful treatment of this patient population.  While the data presented […]

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Code Updates: Large Price Changes Reminder – New HCPCS C-Codes Effective April 1, 2018 Reminder – New HCPCS Q-Codes Effective April 1, 2018 Reminder – HCPCS Q-Code Description Change Effective April 1, 2018 Reminder – Deleted HCPCS Q-Code Effective April 1, 2018 CMS News: Reminder – Part B Biosimilar Biological Product Payment […]

X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH) is a rare genetic musculoskeletal disorder that is characterized by low levels of phosphate and has the potential to lead to bone abnormalities or rickets. Current conventional treatment of XLH includes daily phosphate and active vitamin D doses to serve as replacement therapy, but this does not treat or correct the underlying […]

Review of Herceptin biosimilars in the drug pipeline Herceptin® (trastuzumab) is a recombinant monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of breast cancer and gastric cancer in combination with other chemotherapy agents. In 2017, it gained $2,804 million in sales in the United States, which has made it a target for the development of biosimilars. Currently, […]