68782-0001 - Macugen 0.3mg Solution for Injection (Valeant Pharmaceuticals)
Pegaptanib sodium is a selective vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antagonist. VEGF is a secreted protein that selectively binds and activates its receptors located primarily on the surface of vascular endothelial cells. It induces angiogenesis, and increases vascular permeability and inflammation, all of which are thought to contribute to the progression of the neovascular (wet) form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness.
Pegaptanib is an aptamer, a pegylated modified oligonucleotide. It adopts a three-dimensional conformation that enables it to bind to extracellular VEGF and is effective at suppressing pathological neovascularization.
Pegaptanib sodium for the treatment of the following is considered medically necessary if the medical appropriateness criteria are met. (See Medical Appropriateness below.)
Neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration
Diabetic macular edema
Pegaptanib sodium for the treatment of other conditions/diseases is considered investigational.
Pegaptanib sodium is considered medically appropriate if ALL of the following criteria are met:
Individual is 18 years of age or older
Definitive diagnosis of ANY ONE of the following
Neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Diabetic macular edema
Free from ocular and/or periocular infections
Pegaptanib sodium is considered medically appropriate for renewal if ALL of the following criteria are met:
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION
0.3 mg once every 6 weeks by intravitreous injection into the eye to be treated
LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION
Coverage will be provided annually and may be renewed.
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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No controlled studies were found in the published literature that validate the use of pegaptanib sodium for the treatment of other conditions or diseases.
Lexi-Comp Online. (2018). AHFS DI. Pegaptanib sodium. Retrieved October 31, 2018 from Lexi-Comp Online with AHFS.
MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Drug Evaluations. (2017, August). Pegaptinib sodium. Retrieved October 31, 2018 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series.
U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2011, October). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Macugen® (pegaptanib sodium injection) intravitreal injection. Retrieved October 31, 2018 from http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/021756s018lbl.pdf.
ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE: 12/1/2016
MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE: 3/2/2019
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