On May 15, 2018 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Retacrit (epoetin alfa-epbx), a biosimilar to Epogen®/Procrit® (epoetin alfa). Retacrit is now the first and only biosimilar erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) in the United States and is approved for the same indications as Epogen/Procrit.
CMS has granted two Q-codes for Retacrit effective July 1, 2018:
Q5105: Injection, epoetin alfa, biosimilar, (Retacrit) (for esrd on dialysis), 100 units
Q5106: Injection, epoetin alfa, biosimilar, (Retacrit) (for non-esrd use), 1000 units
View Codes on CMS Website
On June 8, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted regular approval to venetoclax (Venclexta, AbbVie Inc. and Genentech Inc.) for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), with or without 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior therapy.
Read the full FDA announcement here.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun mailing its newly-designed Medicare cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers to newly eligible and current Medicare beneficiaries. Cards will be sent out on a rolling basis throughout 2018 to fulfill the CMS requirement to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019.
CMS will host a special Open Door Forum on April 5, 12:30 – 1:30 PM EST, to share updates about the new Medicare card mailing, information on how people with Medicare can look up their new Medicare card number or print a replacement card, and updates on resources for partners. To participate, visit https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/r51uia09fgq/ and use the following information:
Check cms.gov/newcard often for the most up-to-date information.