BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Velaglucerase Alfa

NDC CODE(S)

54092-0701-XX Vpriv 400 UNIT SOLR (SHIRE US INC.)

DESCRIPTION

Velaglucerase alfa is an enzyme replacement agent.  It is a hydrolytic lysosomal glucocerebroside-specific enzyme indicated for long-term enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for individuals with type I Gaucher disease.  It is produced by gene activation technology in a human fibroblast cell line and has the same amino acid sequence as the naturally occurring human enzyme, glucocerebrosidase.

Gaucher disease generally refers to three forms of lysosomal storage disorders (LSD) resulting from the inherited deficiency of the enzyme beta-glucocerebrosidase which cleaves glucose residue from ceramide.  Without the natural enzyme, glucocerebroside accumulates in the body, primarily in circulating phagocytes but also in the central nervous system (CNS).  The overload of stored glucocerebroside and the attendant activation of macrophages with secretion of cytokines cause the pathology of Gaucher disease.

Type I Gaucher disease is the chronic, non-neuronopathic form of the disease and accounts for nearly 99% of cases.  The glucocerebroside storage is limited to phagocytes throughout the body without brain involvement and can manifest at any age.  Type II, or acute neuronopathic Gaucher disease, is the infantile cerebral pattern with progressive CNS involvement and early fatality.  Type III is subacute neuronopathic disease, an intermediate form between types I and II, with onset in adolescence or early adulthood.

POLICY

MEDICAL APPROPRIATENESS

INITIAL APPROVAL

RENEWAL CRITERIA

INDICATION(S)

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

Type 1 Gaucher Disease

Up to 60 units/kg every other week as a 60-minute IV infusion

LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION

Coverage will be provided for 12 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. (2018). AHFS DI. Velaglucerase Alfa. Retrieved September 10, 2018 from Lexicomp Online with AHFS DI.

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series. Drugdex Evaluations. (2016, August). Velaglucerase alfa. Retrieved September 10, 2018 from MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series.

U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015, May). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. VPRIV™ (velaglucerase alfa). Retrieved September 10, 2018 from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2015/022575s017lbl.pdf.

ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE:  9/12/2010

MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE:  10/9/2018

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DOSAGE LIMITS

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

DIAGNOSIS

BILLABLE UNIT

MAXIMUM UNITS

Type 1 Gaucher Disease

100 units = 1 billable unit

72 billable units every 14 days