BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Belinostat (Beleodaq®)

NDC CODE(S)

72893-0002-XX BELEODAQ 500MG Solution Reconstituted (ACROTECH BIOPHARMA)

DESCRIPTION

Belinostat is a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor.  HDACs cause the removal of acetyl groups from the lysine residues of histones and other proteins.  By inhibiting this enzymatic action, belinostat causes the accumulation of acetylated histones and other proteins within the cells, inducing cell cycle arrest and/or apoptosis of some transformed cells.  It is noted that belinostat shows a preferential cytotoxicity towards tumor cells as compared to normal cells.

POLICY

MEDICAL APPROPRIATENESS

INITIAL APPROVAL CRITERIA

Universal Criteria

T-Cell Lymphomas

(Including: Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma; Peripheral T-cell lymphoma not otherwise specified; Anaplastic large cell lymphoma; Enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma; Monomorphic epitheliotropic intestinal T-cell lymphoma; Nodal peripheral T-cell lymphoma with TFH phenotype; or Follicular T-cell lymphoma)

Primary Cutaneous Lymphomas

RENEWAL CRITERIA

DOSAGE/ADMINISTRATION

INDICATION

DOSE

All indications

Administer 1,000 mg/m² intravenously daily on days 1-5 of a 21-day cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION

Coverage will be provided for 6 months and may be renewed.

DOSING LIMITS

Max Units (per dose and over time) [HCPCS Unit]:

APPLICABLE TENNESSEE STATE MANDATE REQUIREMENTS

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.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

We develop Medical Policies to provide guidance to Members and Providers.  This Medical Policy relates only to the services or supplies described in it.  The existence of a Medical Policy is not an authorization, certification, explanation of benefits or a contract for the service (or supply) that is referenced in the Medical Policy.  For a determination of the benefits that a Member is entitled to receive under his or her health plan, the Member's health plan must be reviewed.  If there is a conflict between the Medical Policy and a health plan, the express terms of the health plan will govern.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

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).

SOURCES

1.     Beleodaq [package insert]. Acrotech Biopharma, East Windsor, NJ; January 2020. Accessed January 2021.

2.     Referenced with permission from the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium®) for belinostat. National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2021. The NCCN Compendium® is a derivative work of the NCCN Guidelines®. NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK®, NCCN®, and NCCN GUIDELINES® are trademarks owned by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. To view the most recent and complete version of the Compendium, go online to NCCN.org. Accessed January 2021.

3.     O'Connor OA, Masszi T, Savage KJ, et al. Belinostat, a novel pan-histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi), in relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma (R/R PTCL): Results from the BELIEF trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2013 31:15_suppl, 8507-8507.

4.     Referenced with permission from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Peripheral T-Cell Lymphomas 1.20201. National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 20201. NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK®, NCCN®, and NCCN GUIDELINES® are trademarks owned by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. To view the most recent and complete version of the Guidelines, go online to NCCN.org. Accessed January 2021.

5.     Referenced with permission from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Primary Cutaneous Lymphomas 1.2021. National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2021. NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK®, NCCN®, and NCCN GUIDELINES® are trademarks owned by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. To view the most recent and complete version of the Guidelines, go online to NCCN.org. Accessed February 2021.

6.     Lexi-Comp Online. (2021, February). AHFS DI. Belinostat. Retrieved March 12, 2021 from Lexi-Comp Online with AHFS.

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Drug Evaluation. (2020, March) Belinostat. Retrieved March 12, 2021 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series

ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE:  7/23/2014

MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE:    7/31/2021

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