|47335-0177-XX Ilumya 100 MG/ML SOSY (SUN PHARMACEUTICALS)|
Tildrakizumab is a humanized IgG1/k monoclonal antibody that selectively binds to the p19 subunit of IL-23 and inhibits its interaction with the IL-23 receptor. IL-23 is a naturally occurring cytokine that is involved in inflammatory and immune responses. Tildrakizumab inhibits the release of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines.
Tildrakizumab-asmnfor the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis is considered medically necessary if the medical appropriateness criteria are met. (See Medical Appropriateness below.)
Tildrakizumab-asmn for the treatment of other conditions/diseases is considered investigational.
Tildrakizumab-asmn for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis is considered medically appropriate if ALL of the following criteria are met:
BCBST requirement: prior trial and failure of ANY ONE of the following agents is required:
Individual is 18 years of age or older
Individual has been evaluated and screened for the presence of ALL of the following prior to initiating treatment:
Latent TB infection
Presence of active infection, including clinically important localized infections
Individual will not receive ANY ONE of the following:
Live vaccine(s) during the administration of Tildrakizumab-asmn
Concurrent treatment with another TNF inhibitor, biologic response modifier, or other non-biologicimmunomodulating agent (i.e., apremilast, tofacitinib, baricitinib, etc.)
Physician has assessed baseline disease severity utilizing an objective measure/tool
Individual diagnosed with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis for 6 months or longer and ANY ONE of the following:
Involvement of at least 10% of body surface area (BSA)
Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) score of 10 or greater
Incapacitation due to plaque location (i.e. head and neck, palms, soles or genitalia)
Individual did not respond adequately (or is not a candidate) to a 3 month minimum trial of topical agents (e.g. Anthralin, Coal Tar preparations, corticosteroids, emollients, immunosuppressives, keratolytics, retinoic acid derivatives, and/or Vitamin D analogues)
Individual did not respond adequately (or is not a candidate) to a 3 month minimum trial of at least 1 systemic agent (e.g. immunosuppressives, retinoic acid derivatives, and/or methotrexate)
Individual did not respond adequately (or is not a candidate) to a 3 month minimum trial of phototherapy (i.e. Psoralens with UVA light (PUVA) OR UVB with coal tar or dithranol)
Tildrakizumab-asmn is considered medically appropriate for renewal if ALL of the following criteria are met:
Individual continues to meet initial approval criteria
Absence of unacceptable toxicity from the agent, e.g. serious infections, severe hypersensitivity reactions including angioedema and urticaria, etc.
Disease response as indicated by improvement in signs and symptoms compared to baseline such as redness, thickness, scaliness, or the amount of surface area involvement (a total BSA involvement <1%), or an improvement on a disease activity scoring tool (e.g. a 75% reduction in the PASI score from when treatment started (PASI 75) or a 50% reduction in the PASI score (PASI 50) and a four-point reduction in the DLQI from when treatment started)
Ongoing monitoring for tuberculosis (TB) and active infections
|INDICATION(S)||DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION|
|Plaque Psoriasis||100 mg subcutaneously at Weeks 0 and 4, then 100 mg every 12 weeks thereafter. Ilumya™ should be administered by a health care provider only.|
LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION
Coverage will be provided 6 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.
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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, September). AHFS DI. Tildrakizumab-asmn. Retrieved November 19, 2018 from Lexicomp Online with AHFS.
MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Evaluations. (2018, August). Tildrakizumab-asmn. Retrieved November 19, 2018 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series
U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018, March). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Ilumya™ (Tildrakizumab-asmn) injection, for subcutaneous use. Retrieved November 19, 2018 from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2018/761067s000lbl.pdf.
ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE: 4/30/2018
MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE: 4/2/2019
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