63020-0049-XX Velcade 3.5 MG SOLR (MILLENNIUM PHARMACEUTICALS)
63323-0721-XX Bortezomib 3.5 MG SOLR (FRESENIUS KABI USA)
Bortezomib is the first antineoplastic agent to target the proteasome, a large intracellular cytoplasmic organelle responsible for the majority of protein degradation in mammalian cells. Proteins are tagged for destruction when conjugated to ubiquitin. They then enter the proteasome and are degraded via the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. This pathway is central to cellular homeostasis, playing an essential role in the cell cycle, cellular proliferation and apoptosis.Bortezomib, a boron-containing molecule, reversibly inhibits the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway resulting in cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis. It has been shown in vitro to be cytotoxic to a variety of cancer cells and in vivo causes a delay in tumor growth.
Bortezomib for the treatment of the following is considered medically necessary if the medical appropriateness criteria are met: (See Medical Appropriateness below.)
Systemic Light Chain Amyloidosis
Multicentric Castleman’s Disease
Primary cutaneous CD30+ T-Cell Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Adult T-Cell Leukemia/Lymphoma
Mantle cell lymphoma
Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia/lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma
Bortezomib for the treatment of other conditions/diseases is considered investigational.
Bortezomib is considered medically appropriate if ALL of the following criteria are met:
Individual is 18 years of age or older
Diagnosis of ANY ONE of the following
Systemic light chain amyloidosis if ANY ONE of the following
As a single agent
In combination with dexamethasone with or without melphalan
Used in combination with dexamethasone and cyclophosphamide
Multicentric Castleman disease (CD) if ALL of the following
Used as second-line or later therapy only
Individual has relapsed/refractory or progressive disease
Used as a single agent or in combination with rituximab
Primary cutaneous CD30+ T-Cell Lymphoproliferative Disorders if ALL of the following
Used as single agent and ANY ONE of the following:
Individual has primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma (pcALCL) with multifocal lesions
Individual has cutaneous ALCL with regional nodes (excludes systemic ALCL)
Adult T-Cell Leukemia/Lymphoma if ALL of the following:
Must be used as a single agent for acute disease or lymphoma and ANY ONE of the following:
Used second-line for non-responders to first-line therapy
Subsequent therapy after high-dose therapy with autologous stem cell rescue (HDT/ASCR)
Mantle cell lymphoma
Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM) / lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL) used as ANY ONE of the following:
As a single agent
Used with dexamethasone
Used with rituximab with or without dexamethasone
Bortezomib is considered medically appropriate for renewal if ALL of the following criteria are met:
Individual continues to meet the initial approval criteria
Tumor response as shown by stabilization of disease or decrease in size of tumor or tumor spread
Absence of unacceptable toxicity from the agent, e.g., peripheral neuropathy, hypotension, cardiac toxicity, pulmonary toxicity, posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, gastrointestinal toxicity, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, tumor lysis syndrome, hepatic toxicity, etc.
|INDICATION(S)||DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION|
|Multiple myeloma - previously untreated||1.3 mg/m² IV/SC in combination with oral melphalan and oral prednisone for nine 6-week treatment cycles. In cycles 1-4, Velcade is given twice weekly (days 1, 4, 8, 11, 22, 25, 29, and 32). In cycles 5-9, Velcade is given once weekly (days 1, 8, 22, and 29).|
|Mantle Cell Lymphoma - previously untreated||1.3 mg/m² IV/SC in combination with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and oral prednisone for six 3-week cycles. Velcade is given twice weekly for two weeks (Days 1, 4, 8, and 11) followed by a 10-day rest period on Days 12-21. For patients with a response first documented at cycle 6, two addition cycles are recommended.|
|Multiple myeloma & Mantle Cell Lymphoma- relapsed||
1.3mg/m² IV/SC twice weekly x 4 doses (days 1, 4, 8, and 11) followed by a 10- day rest period (days 12-21).For extended therapy of more than 8 cycles, bortezomib may be administered on the standard schedule or, for relapsed multiple myeloma, on a maintenance schedule of once weekly for 4 weeks (days 1, 8, 15, and 22), followed by a 13-day rest period (days 23 to 35)
1.3 mg/m2 IV/ SC twice weekly for 2 weeks (days 1, 4, 8, and 11) in a 21 day cycle
ORIn combination with rituximab alone:
|All Other Indications||
1.3mg/m² IV/SC twice weekly (days 1, 4, 8, and 11) for 2 weeks of a 21 day cycle
LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION
Coverage will be provided for 6 months and may be renewed.
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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.
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.
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).
No controlled studies were found in the published literature that validate the use of bortezomib for the treatment or prevention of other conditions or diseases.
Lexi-Comp Online. (2017). AHFS DI. Bortezomib. Retrieved February 26, 2018 from Lexi-Comp Online with AHFS.
MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Drug Evaluations. (2018, February). Bortezomib. Retrieved February 26, 2018 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network. (2018). NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium®. Bortezomib. Retrieved February 26, 2018 from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2017, June). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Velcade® (bortezomib) for injection. Retrieved February 26, 2018 from http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/021602s042lbl.pdf.
ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE: 7/9/2005
MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE: 5/8/2018
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