Teva Pharma (TEVA), Eagle Pharma (EGRX) Announce CMS Establishes Unique J-Code for BENDEKA Injection
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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) and Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGRX) announced today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established a unique, product-specific billing code, or J-code (J9034), for BENDEKA® (bendamustine hydrochloride) Injection. The J-code will become effective on January 1, 2017.
The new J-code provides reimbursement coding clarity to outpatient facilities and physicians that administer BENDEKA, facilitating access for patients and Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance reimbursement.
“We are pleased that CMS recognized that the unique formulation and delivery mechanism offered by BENDEKA required separate recognition from other bendamustine products currently on the market. We expect the new J-code will provide greater access for patients, facilitate reimbursement and enable greater adoption of BENDEKA in the market,” said Scott Tarriff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Pharmaceuticals.
“This is an important milestone for Teva as we continue to advance our bendamustine franchise with BENDEKA,” said Paul Rittman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Teva Oncology. “We are committed to serving patients in need of this important therapy and are pleased that a unique J-code has been established to assist providers in obtaining reimbursement for BENDEKA.”
BENDEKA, a liquid, low-volume (50 mL) and short-time (10-minute) infusion formulation of bendamustine hydrochloride, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2015 for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and for the treatment of patients with indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that has progressed during or within six months of treatment with rituximab or a rituximab-containing regimen. Efficacy in CLL relative to first-line therapies other than chlorambucil has not been established. Under a February 2015 exclusive license agreement for BENDEKA, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. is responsible for all U.S. commercial activities for the product including promotion and distribution. BENDEKA was launched by Teva in late January 2016 and now is the most used bendamustine product. Please see Important Safety Information below including contraindication in patients with a known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions) to bendamustine, polyethylene glycol 400, propylene glycol, or monothioglycerol.
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