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Yescarta™ (axicabtagene ciloleucel) (Intravenous)

Policy Number: VP-0333

Last Review Date: 4/06/2021

Date of Origin: 10/31/2017

Dates Reviewed: 10/2017, 11/2018, 10/2019, 12/2019, 11/2020, 04/2021

FOR PEEHIP Members Only -Coverage excludes the provider-administered medication(s) outlined in this drug policy from being accessed through a specialty pharmacy. It must be obtained through buy and bill.

I. Length of Authorization

Coverage will be provided for one treatment course (1 dose of Yescarta) and may not be renewed.

II. Dosing Limits

  1. Quantity Limit (max daily dose) [NDC Unit]:
  • 1 infusion bag
  1. Max Units (per dose and over time) [HCPCS Unit]:
  • 1 billable unit (1 infusion of up to 200 million autologous anti-cd19 car -positive viable t-cells)

III. Initial Approval Criteria 1

  • Submission of medical records related to the medical necessity criteria is REQUIRED on all requests for authorizations. Records will be reviewed at the time of submission. Please provide documentation via direct upload through the PA web portal or by fax.

Coverage is provided in the following conditions:

  • Patient does not have a clinically significant active systemic infection or inflammatory disorder; AND
  • Patient has not received live vaccines within 6 weeks prior to the start of lymphodepleting chemotherapy, during axicabtagene ciloleucel treatment, and will not receive live vaccines until immune recovery following treatment; AND
  • Patient has been screened for hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in accordance with clinical guidelines prior to collection of cells (leukapheresis); AND
  • Prophylaxis for infection has been followed according to local guidelines; AND
  • Healthcare facility has enrolled in the Yescarta and Tecartus REMS Program and training has been given to providers on the management of cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and neurological toxicities; AND
  • Patient has not received prior CAR-T therapy; AND
  • Patient has not received prior anti-CD19 therapy, (e.g., blinatumomab, etc.) OR patient previously received anti-CD19 therapy and re-biopsy indicates CD-19 positive disease; AND
  • Used as single agent therapy (not applicable to lymphodepleting or additional chemotherapy while awaiting manufacture); AND
  • Patient did not receive prior allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT); AND
  • Patient aged 18 years or greater; AND
  • Patient has an ECOG performance status of 0-1; AND

Large B-Cell Lymphoma † Ф 1-10

  • Patient does not have primary central nervous system lymphoma; AND
  • Patient’s disease is relapsed or refractory defined as a relapse within 1 year after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) OR disease refractory to the most recent therapy; AND
    • Patient has Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) as histologic transformation; AND
    • Patient received two or more prior lines of chemoimmunotherapy which must have included an anthracycline or anthracenedione-based regimen, unless contraindicated; AND
    • Patient had Follicular Lymphoma (FL) or Nodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma; AND
      • Patient received multiple lines of prior therapies for indolent or transformed disease; OR
    • Patient had Follicular Lymphoma (FL); AND
      • Patient received minimal or no chemotherapy prior to histologic transformation and had partial response, no response, or progressive disease after treatment; OR
    • Patient has Richter’s transformation of CLL to DLBCL; AND
      • Patient received two or more prior lines of systemic therapy; OR
      • Used for treatment of disease that is in second or greater relapse; OR
    • Patient has AIDS-related diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, primary effusion lymphoma, DLBCL, primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), or high grade B-cell lymphoma, HHV8-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified, or monomorphic post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (B-cell type) ; AND
      • Used as additional therapy for patients with intention to proceed to transplant who have partial response following second-line therapy for relapsed or refractory disease; OR
      • Used for treatment of disease that is in second or greater relapse

Follicular Lymphoma (FL) † 1,11

  • Patient has relapsed or refractory grade 1-2 disease; AND
  • Patient has received two or more prior lines of systemic therapy

FDA Approved Indication(s); Compendium Recommended Indication(s); Ф Orphan Drug

IV. Renewal Criteria 1

Coverage cannot be renewed.

V. Dosage/Administration 1

Indication

Dose

Large B-Cell Lymphoma and Follicular Lymphoma

Lymphodepleting chemotherapy:

  • Administer cyclophosphamide 500 mg/m2 and fludarabine 30 mg/m2 intravenously on the fifth, fourth, and third day before infusion of Yescarta

Yescarta Infusion:

  • Premedicate with 650 mg acetaminophen and 12.5 mg diphenhydramine 1 hour prior to infusion. Avoid prophylactic system corticosteroids which may interfere with Yescarta activity.
  • Infuse the entire contents of the Yescarta bag within 30 minutes by either gravity or a peristaltic pump.
  • Each single infusion bag of Yescarta contains a suspension of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-positive T cells in approximately 68 mL. The target dose is 2 × 106 CAR-positive viable T cells per kg body weight, with a maximum of 2 × 108 CAR-positive viable T cells.

Monitoring:

  • Monitor patients at least daily for 7 days at the certified healthcare facility following infusion for signs and symptoms of CRS and neurologic toxicities.
  • Instruct patients to remain within proximity of the certified healthcare facility for at least 4 weeks following infusion.

For autologous use only. For intravenous use only.

  • Yescarta is prepared from the patient’s peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which are obtained via a standard leukapheresis procedure
  • One treatment course consists of lymphodepleting chemotherapy followed by a single infusion of Yescarta.
  • Confirm Yescarta availability prior to starting the lymphodepleting regimen.
  • Store infusion bag in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen (less than or equal to minus 150°C). Thaw prior to infusion.
  • In case of manufacturing failure, a second manufacturing may be attempted.
  • Additional chemotherapy (not the lymphodepletion) may be necessary while the patient awaits the product.
  • Ensure that 2 doses of tocilizumab and emergency equipment are available prior to infusion and during the recovery period.
  • Yescarta contains human blood cells that are genetically modified with replication incompetent retroviral vector. Follow universal precautions and local biosafety guidelines for handling and disposal.

VI. Billing Code/Availability Information

HCPCS Code:

  • Q2041 - Axicabtagene ciloleucel, up to 200 million autologous anti-cd19 car-positive viable t cells, including leukapheresis and dose preparation procedures, per therapeutic dose

NDC:

  • Yescarta suspension for intravenous infusion; 1 infusion bag (68 mL): 71287-0119-xx

VII. References

  1. Yescarta [package insert]. Santa Monica, CA; Kite Pharma, Inc., March 2021. Accessed March 2021.
  2. Locke FL, Neelapu SS, Bartlett NL, et al. Phase 1 Results of ZUMA-1: A Multicenter Study of KTE-C19 Anti-CD19 CAR T Cell Therapy in Refractory Aggressive Lymphoma. Mol Ther. 2017 Jan 4;25(1):285-295.
  3. Mejstrikova E, Hrusak O, Borowitz MJ, et al. CD19-negative relapse of pediatric B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia following blinatumomab treatment. Blood Cancer J. 20177; 659. DOI 10.1038/s41408-017-0023-x
  4. Ruella M, Maus MV. Catch me if you can: Leukemia Escape after CD19-Directed T Cell Immunotherapies. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 14 (2016) 357–362.
  5. Braig F, Brandt A, Goebeler M, et al. Resistance to anti-CD19/CD3 BiTE in acute lymphoblastic leukemia may be mediated by disrupted CD19 membrane trafficking. Blood; 129:1, 2017 Jan.
  6. Majzner RG, Mackall CL. Tumor Antigen Escape from CAR T-cell Therapy. Cancer Discov 2018;8:1219-1226.
  7. Referenced with permission from the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium®) axicabtagene ciloleucel. National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2021. The NCCN Compendium® is a derivative work of the NCCN Guidelines®. NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK®, NCCN®, and NCCN GUIDELINES® are trademarks owned by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. To view the most recent and complete version of the Compendium, go online to NCCN.org. Accessed March 2021.
  8. Locke FL, Ghobadi A, Jacobson CA, et al. Long-term safety and activity of axicabtagene ciloleucel in refractory large B-cell lymphoma (ZUMA-1): a single-arm, multicentre, phase 1-2 trial. Lancet Oncol. 2019;20(1):31-42. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30864-7.
  9. Neelapu SS, Jacobson CA, Oluwole OO, et al. Outcomes of older patients in ZUMA-1, a pivotal study of axicabtagene ciloleucel in refractory large B-cell lymphoma. Blood. 2020;135(23):2106-2109. doi:10.1182/blood.2019004162.
  10. Neelapu SS, Locke FL, Bartlett NL, et al. Axicabtagene ciloleucel CAR T-cell therapy in refractory large B-cell lymphoma. N Engl J Med. 2017;377(26):2531-2544. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1707447.
  11. Jacobson CA, Chavez JC, Sehgal AR, et al. Interim analysis of ZUMA-5: A phase II study of axicabtagene ciloleucel (axi-cel) in patients (pts) with relapsed/refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (R/R iNHL). Journal of Clinical Oncology 2020 38:15_suppl, 8008-8008.

Appendix 1 – Covered Diagnosis Codes

ICD-10

ICD-10 Description

C82.00

Follicular lymphoma grade I, unspecified site

C82.01

Follicular lymphoma grade I, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.02

Follicular lymphoma, grade I, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.03

Follicular lymphoma grade I, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.04

Follicular lymphoma grade I, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.05

Follicular lymphoma grade I, lymph nodes of inguinal regional and lower limb

C82.06

Follicular lymphoma grade I, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.07

Follicular lymphoma grade I, spleen

C82.08

Follicular lymphoma grade I, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.09

Follicular lymphoma grade I, extranodal and solid organ sites

C82.10

Follicular lymphoma grade II, unspecified site

C82.11

Follicular lymphoma grade II, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.12

Follicular lymphoma, grade II, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.13

Follicular lymphoma grade II, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.14

Follicular lymphoma grade II, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.15

Follicular lymphoma grade II, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C82.16

Follicular lymphoma grade II, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.17

Follicular lymphoma grade II, spleen

C82.18

Follicular lymphoma grade II, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.19

Follicular lymphoma grade II, extranodal and solid organ sites

C82.20

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, unspecified site

C82.21

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.22

Follicular lymphoma, grade III, unspecified, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.23

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.24

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.25

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C82.26

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.27

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, spleen

C82.28

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.29

Follicular lymphoma grade III, unspecified, extranodal and solid organ sites

C82.30

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, unspecified site

C82.31

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.32

Follicular lymphoma, grade IIIa, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.33

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.34

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.35

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C82.36

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.37

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, spleen

C82.38

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.39

Follicular lymphoma grade IIIa, extranodal and solid organ sites

C82.50

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, unspecified site

C82.51

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.52

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.53

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.54

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.55

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C82.56

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.57

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, spleen

C82.58

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.59

Diffuse follicle center lymphoma, extranodal and solid organ sites

C82.60

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, unspecified site

C82.61

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.62

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.63

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.64

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.65

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C82.66

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.67

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, spleen

C82.68

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.69

Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma, extranodal and solid organ sites

C82.80

Other types of follicular lymphoma, unspecified site

C82.81

Other types of follicular lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.82

Other types of follicular lymphoma, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.83

Other types of follicular lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.84

Other types of follicular lymphoma, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.85

Other types of follicular lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C82.86

Other types of follicular lymphoma, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.87

Other types of follicular lymphoma, spleen

C82.88

Other types of follicular lymphoma, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.89

Other types of follicular lymphoma, extranodal and solid organ sites

C82.90

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, unspecified site

C82.91

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C82.92

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C82.93

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C82.94

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C82.95

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C82.96

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C82.97

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, spleen

C82.98

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C82.99

Follicular lymphoma, unspecified, extranodal and solid organ sites

C83.00

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, unspecified site

C83.01

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C83.02

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C83.03

small cell B-cell lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C83.04

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C83.05

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C83.06

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C83.07

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, spleen

C83.08

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C83.09

Small cell B-cell lymphoma, extranodal and solid organ sites

C83.30

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma unspecified site

C83.31

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face, and neck

C83.32

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma intrathoracic lymph nodes

C83.33

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C83.34

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C83.35

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C83.36

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma intrapelvic lymph nodes

C83.37

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, spleen

C83.38

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma lymph nodes of multiple sites

C83.39

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma extranodal and solid organ sites

C85.10

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, unspecified site

C85.11

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face, and neck

C85.12

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C85.13

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C85.14

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C85.15

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C85.16

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C85.17

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, spleen

C85.18

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C85.19

Unspecified B-cell lymphoma, extranodal and solid organ sites

C85.20

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, unspecified site

C85.21

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C85.22

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C85.23

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C85.24

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C85.25

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region and lower limb

C85.26

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C85.27

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, spleen

C85.28

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C85.29

Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma, extranodal and solid organ sites

C85.80

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, unspecified site

C85.81

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lymph nodes of head, face and neck

C85.82

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, intrathoracic lymph nodes

C85.83

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, intra-abdominal lymph nodes

C85.84

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lymph nodes of axilla and upper limb

C85.85

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lymph nodes of inguinal region of lower limb

C85.86

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, intrapelvic lymph nodes

C85.87

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, spleen

C85.88

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lymph nodes of multiple sites

C85.89

Other specified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, extranodal and solid organ sites

C91.10

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia of B-cell type not having achieved remission

C91.12

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia of B-cell type in relapse

Appendix 2 – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Medicare coverage for outpatient (Part B) drugs is outlined in the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual (Pub. 100-2), Chapter 15, §50 Drugs and Biologicals. In addition, National Coverage Determination (NCD), Local Coverage Article and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) may exist and compliance with these policies is required where applicable. They can be found at: http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/search/advanced-search.aspx. Additional indications may be covered at the discretion of the health plan.

Medicare Part B Covered Diagnosis Codes (applicable to existing NCD/LCA/LCD):  N/A

Medicare Part B Administrative Contractor (MAC) Jurisdictions

Jurisdiction

Applicable State/US Territory

Contractor

E (1)

CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, CNMI

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

F (2 & 3)

AK, WA, OR, ID, ND, SD, MT, WY, UT, AZ

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

5

KS, NE, IA, MO

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp (WPS)

6

MN, WI, IL

National Government Services, Inc. (NGS)

H (4 & 7)

LA, AR, MS, TX, OK, CO, NM

Novitas Solutions, Inc.

8

MI, IN

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp (WPS)

N (9)

FL, PR, VI

First Coast Service Options, Inc.

J (10)

TN, GA, AL

Palmetto Government Benefit Administrators, LLC

M (11)

NC, SC, WV, VA (excluding below)

Palmetto GBA, LLC

L (12)

DE, MD, PA, NJ, DC (includes Arlington & Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria in VA)

Novitas Solutions, Inc.

K (13 & 14)

NY, CT, MA, RI, VT, ME, NH

National Government Services, Inc. (NGS)

15

KY, OH

CGS Administrators, LLC