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Clinical Policy Bulletin:
Lepirudin (Refludan)
Number: 0861


Aetna considers lepirudin (Refludan) medically necessary for anticoagulation in persons with heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and associated thromboembolic disease: Lepirudin is considered experimental and investigational for all other indications.

Note: Unless contraindicated, long-term anticoagulation should be done using warfarin.


Up to 4 additional courses of LEPIRUDIN were safe & efficacious in 4 HIT patients with anti-hirudin antibodies; no thromboembolism occurred; re-exposure was 2 x 25 milligrams subcutaneously for 8 to 27 days (Harenberg et al, 2000).

CPT Codes / HCPCS Codes / ICD-9 Codes
Other CPT codes related to the CPB:
96365 - 96368
96369 - 96371
96374 - 96376
HCPCS codes covered if selection criteria are met:
J1945 Injection, lepirudin, 50 mg
ICD-9 codes covered if selection criteria are met:
289.84 Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)

The above policy is based on the following references:
  1. Refludan [package insert]. Wayne, NJ: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals; December 2006.
  2. Harenberg J, Huhle G, Wang C, Hoffmann U, Song X H. Re-exposure to recombinant (r)-hirudin in antihirudin antibody-positive patients with a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. British Journal of Hematology 2000;109:360-363.

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