BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Cerliponase Alfa


68135-0811-XX Brineura 2 X 150 MG/5ML KIT (BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICALS)


Cerliponase alfa is a purified human enzyme produced by recombinant DNA technology.  The active substance is a recombinant human tripeptidyl peptidase-1 (rhTPP1), a lysosomal exopeptidase. Cerliponase alfa contains 544 amino acids with 5 consensus N-glycosylation sites on rhTPP1 that contain high mannose, phosphorylated high mannose and complex glycosylation structures.

CLN2 disease is a neurodegenerative disease caused by deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme tripeptidyl peptidase-1 (TPP1), which catabolizes polypeptides in the central nervous system (CNS).  Deficiency in TPP1 activity results in the accumulation of lysosomal storage materials normally metabolized by this enzyme in the CNS, leading to progressive decline in motor function.

Cerliponase alfa (rhTTP1), a proenzyme, is taken up by target cells in the CNS and is translocated to the lysosomes. Cerliponase alfa is activated in the lysosome and the activated proteolytic form of rhTPP1 cleaves tripeptides from the N-terminus of proteins.





CLN2 disease

300 mg administered once every other week by intraventricular infusion. Administer Brineura first followed by infusion of the Intraventricular Electrolytes each at an infusion rate of 2.5 mL/hr. The complete Brineura infusion, including the required infusion of Intraventricular Electrolytes, is approximately 4.5 hours.

  • Aseptic technique must be strictly observed during preparation and administration
  • Brineura should be administered by, or under the direction of a physician knowledgeable in intraventricular administration
  • Brineura is administered into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by infusion via a surgically implanted reservoir and catheter (intraventricular access device). Brineura is intended to be administered via the Codman® HOLTER RICKHAM Reservoirs with the Codman® Ventricular Catheter. The intraventricular access device must be implanted prior to the first infusion. It is recommended that the first dose be administered at least 5 to 7 days after device implantation
  • Brineura is intended to be administered with the B Braun Perfusor® Space Infusion Pump System
Pre-treatment of patients with antihistamines with or without antipyretics or corticosteroids is recommended 30 to 60 minutes prior to the start of infusion

Store upright in freezer (-25°C to -15°C); thaw at room temperature for ~60 minutes prior to administration

Hamburg CLN2 Clinical Rating Scale*

Motor Function Language Function
3 - Normal - Grossly normal gait, no prominent ataxia, no pathologic falls. 3 - Normal - Apparently normal language, intelligible and grossly age-appropriate, no decline noted yet.
2 - Clumsy, falls - Independent gait, as defined by ability to walk without support for 10 steps.  Will have obvious instability and may have intermittent falls. 2 - Abnormal - Language has become recognizably abnormal with some intelligible words.  May form short sentences to convey concepts, requests or needs.
1 - No unaided walking - Requires assistance to walk or can crawl only. 1 - Minimal - Hardly understandable with few intelligible words.
0 - Immobile - Can no longer walk or crawl. 0 - Unintelligible - No intelligible words or vocalizations.

*Retrieved from The highest possible score when assessing motor and language function is 6.


Coverage will be provided 6 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).


Lexicomp Online. (2018). AHFS DI. Cerliponase alfa. Retrieved September 19, 2018 from Lexicomp Online with AHFS.

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Evaluations. (2018, December). Cerliponase alfa. Retrieved February 11, 2019 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series.

U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018, December). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Brineura® (cerliponase alfa) injection, for intraventricular use.  Retrieved February 11, 2019 from




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



Late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2)

300 billable units (two kits) every 14 days