Agalsidase beta (Fabrazyme) serves as an exogenous source of the lysosomal enzyme glucosidase A (a-GalA), catalyzing the hydrosis of glycosphinogolipids, including globotriaosylceramide (GL-3), hence reducing its deposition in capillary endothelium of the kidney, heart, brain and other tissue types. glucosidase A deficiency, otherwise known as Fabry Disease, is an X- linked genetic disorder of glycosphingolipid metabolism. Deficiency of a-Gal leads to progressive accumulation of glycoshingolipids, predominantly GL-3, in many body tissues, occurring over a period of years. Clinical manifestations of the disease include renal failure, cardiomyopathy and cerebrovascular accidents.
Coverage is subject to the specific terms of the member's benefit plan.
Federal Employee Program members (FEP) should check with their Retail Pharmacy Program to determine if prior approval is required by calling the Retail Pharmacy Program at 1-800-624-5060 (TTY: 1-800-624-5077). FEP members can also obtain the list through the www.fepblue.org website.
Agalsidase beta (Fabrazyme) may be considered medically necessary for the treatment of Fabry disease when ALL of the following criteria are met:
Agalsidase beta (Fabrazyme) for any other indication is considered experimental/investigational, and therefore, non-covered. Scientific evidence does not support the use of Agalsidase beta (Fabrazyme) for other indications.
NOTE: In addition to the above criteria, product specific dosage and/or frequency limits may apply in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved product prescribing information, national compendia, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other peer reviewed resources or evidence-based guidelines. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota may deny, in full or in part, reimbursement for utilization that does not fall within the applicable dosage and/or frequency limits.