Update: In addition to most of its marketplace exchange plans, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) no longer covers Asceniv, Cuvitru, Cutaquig, and Panzyga, which are all immunoglobulin (Ig) products, in its commercial plans (i.e., those offered to individuals through their employers). UHC Medicare and Medicaid plans still cover all four Ig products.
The Immune Deficiency Foundation is working with UHC to reinstate coverage for these products. If you use Asceniv, Cuvitru, Cutaquig, or Panzyga because of a specific indication or because you cannot tolerate other Ig products, please share your story with us through Ask IDF.
UnitedHealthcare (UHC), a private insurance company that provides health insurance to more than 25 million Americans nationwide, will be dropping four immunoglobulin (Ig) products on October 1, 2023: Asceniv, Cuvitru, Cutaquig, and Panzyga. These formulary changes will affect individual UnitedHealthcare plans (i.e., those obtained through a marketplace) except in Massachusetts, Nevada, and New York.
It is unclear if employer-based, Medicare, or Medicaid UHC plans are affected. UHC has not responded to questions seeking clarification.
None of the affected products has a biosimilar (generic version of a biologic) or interchangeable product recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. UHC's notice of the change declares, "Asceniv, Cutaquig, Cuvitru, and Panzyga are not medically necessary for the treatment of any diagnosis addressed within this policy," including primary immunodeficiency (PI), Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), and many others. UHC did not respond to questions about how these specific products were found to be not medically necessary despite their lack of biosimilars.
IDF and GBS|CIDP Foundation International, a global nonprofit organization supporting individuals and their families affected by GBS, CIDP, and related conditions, are jointly committed to serving the individuals affected by this policy. As we work with UHC and policymakers to reverse this decision, there are steps you can take if you will be impacted.
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