BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Agalsidase Beta


58468-0041-XX FABRAZYME 5MG Solution Reconstituted (GENZYME)


58468-0040-XX FABRAZYME 35MG Solution Reconstituted (GENZYME)


Agalsidase beta is a recombinant DNA origin form of human α-galactosidase A, a lipid degrading enzyme. It has the same amino acid sequence as the native enzyme.  It is used to treat Fabry disease, deficiency of the enzyme α-galactosidase A.  

Fabry disease is an X-linked recessive inborn error of glycosphingolipid metabolism with an estimated frequency of about 1 in 50,000 births.  The result of this mutation is progressive accumulation of glycosphingolipids in cellular lysosomes of multiple body tissues.  Clinical manifestations typically begin in childhood and may include abdominal or flank pain simulating appendicitis or renal colic, angiokeratomas, hypohidrosis, corneal and lenticular opacities, vascular disease of the kidney, heart, and brain, intolerance to heat, cold, and exercise, mild proteinuria, gastrointestinal problems, and acroparesthesias.  Fabry crises, lasting from minutes to several days, consist of agonizing, burning pain in the hands, feet, and proximal parts of the extremities.  Affected individuals have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years, typically resultant from renal failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, myocardial infarction or cerebrovascular accidents.  Female carriers may be asymptomatic or may exhibit severe manifestations similar to males with classic disease.

Enzyme replacement therapy for Fabry disease with agalsidase beta has been shown to provide an exogenous source of α-galactosidase A.  It can reverse histologic abnormalities as well as improve some clinical manifestations of the disease.





Fabry Disease

The recommended dosage of Fabrazyme is 1 mg/kg body weight infused every two weeks as an intravenous (IV) infusion.

Individuals should receive antipyretics prior to infusion. The initial IV infusion rate should be no more than 0.25 mg/min (15 mg/hr). The infusion rate may be slowed in the event of infusion reactions. After patient tolerance to the infusion is well established, the infusion rate may be increased in increments of 0.05 to 0.08 mg/min (increments of 3 to 5 mg/hr) with each subsequent infusion. For patients weighing < 30 kg, the maximum infusion rate should remain at 0.25 mg/min (15 mg/hr). For patients weighing ≥ 30 kg, the administration duration should not be less than 1.5 hours (based on individual patient tolerability).


Coverage will be provided for 12 months and may be renewed

Refer to DOSAGE LIMITS below


BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s Medical Policy complies with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 56-7-2352 regarding coverage of off-label indications of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs when the off-label use is recognized in one of the statutorily recognized standard reference compendia or in the published peer-reviewed medical literature.


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For appropriate chemotherapy regimens, dosage information, contraindications, precautions, warnings, and monitoring information, please refer to one of the standard reference compendia (e.g., the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network®, Drugdex Evaluations of Micromedex Solutions at Truven Health, or The American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information).


Lexi-Comp Online. (2019). AHFS DI. Agalsidase beta. Retrieved September 4, 2019 from Lexi-Comp Online with AHFS.

Mehta, A., Hughes, E. A. (2002, August, updated 2017, January). Fabry Disease. In: Adam, M. P., Ardinger, H. H., Pagon, R.A., et al., eds., GeneReviews® [Internet]. Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle; 1993-2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018 from

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Drug Evaluations. (2019, January). Agalsidase beta. Retrieved September 4, 2019 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series.

U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2018, December). Fabrazyme® (agalsidase beta). Retrieved September 4, 2019 from 

U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2019, August). Galafold™ (migalastat) capsules, for oral use. Retrieved September 4, 2019 from 




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Maximum billable units per dose and over time by indication as a Medical Benefit; 1 billable unit = 1 mg



Fabry Disease

115 billable units every 14 days