BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Pegaspargase

NDC CODE(S)

00944-3810-XX Oncaspar 750 UNIT/ML SOLN (SHIRE US INC)

DESCRIPTION

Pegaspargase is a conjugate of monomethoxypolyethylene glycol (mPEG) and L-asparaginase (L-asparagine amidohydrolase), a polymerized asparagine specific enzyme.  This produces an agent with reduced immunogenicity and a prolonged plasma half-life compared to native L-asparaginase.  Additionally, dosing is less frequent, there is a lower incidence of toxicity, less tendency for resistance development and better efficacy and safety for those refractory to or intolerant of native L-asparaginase.

L-asparaginase is produced endogenously by E. coli.  It catalyzes the conversion of the amino acid L-asparagine into aspartic acid and ammonia.  The leukemic effect of pegaspargase is thought to be due to depletion of plasma L-asparagine. Leukemic cells with low expression of asparagine synthetase have a reduced ability to synthesize L-asparagine and therefore depend on an exogenous source of L-asparagine for survival.

POLICY

MEDICAL APPROPRIATENESS

INITIAL APPROVAL

RENEWAL CRITERIA

INDICATION(S) DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

All indications

2,500 International Units/m2 intramuscularly or intravenously administered

Store refrigerated at 2 to 8° C

LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION

Coverage will be provided for six months and may be renewed

Refer to DOSAGE LIMITS below

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

Lexicomp Online. (2019). AHFS DI. Pegaspargase. Retrieved January 15, 2019 from Lexicomp Online with AHFS.

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Evaluations. (2018, November). Pegaspargase. Retrieved January 15, 2019 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network. (2019). NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium®. Pegaspargase. Retrieved January 15, 2019 from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2019, January). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Oncaspar® (pegaspargase) injection, for intramuscular or intravenous use. Retrieved January 15, 2019 from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2019/193411s5196lbl.pdf.

ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE:  5/31/2019

MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE: 5/31/2019

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DOSAGE LIMITS

Maximum billable units per dose and over time by indication as a Medical Benefit

DIAGNOSIS

MAXIMUM UNITS

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

 

2 billable units per 14 days