Etranacogene Dezaparvovec-drlb (Hemgenix)

Number: 1023

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Applicable CPT / HCPCS / ICD-10 Codes


Scope of Policy

This Clinical Policy Bulletin addresses etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb (Hemgenix) for commercial medical plans. For Medicare criteria, see Medicare Part B Criteria.

Note: Requires Precertification:

Precertification of etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb (Hemgenix) is required of all Aetna participating providers and members in applicable plan designs. For precertification of etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb (Hemgenix), call (866) 752-7021, or fax (888) 267-3277. For Statement of Medical Necessity (SMN) precertification forms, see Specialty Pharmacy Precertification

Note: Unless member's health plan has elected not to require, gene and cellular therapies must be administered at an Aetna Institutes® Gene Based, Cellular and Other Innovative Therapy (GCIT®) Network. For etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb (Hemgenix), see Aetna Institutes® GCIT Designated Centers

  1. Prescriber Specialties

    This medication must be prescribed by or in consultation with a hematologist.

  2. Criteria for Initial Approval

    Hemophilia B

    Aetna considers etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb (Hemgenix) medically necessary for one dose total for the treatment of hemophilia B when all of the following criteria are met:

    1. Member is 18 years of age or older;
    2. Member meets either of the following:

      1. Member has a negative Factor IX inhibitor test result within the past 30 days; or
      2. If member has a positive Factor IX inhibitor test result within the past 30 days, there must be a negative test result within 2 weeks of the initial positive result; 
    3. Member has severe or moderately severe Factor IX deficiency (less than or equal to 2% of normal circulating Factor IX) and meets any of the following:

      1. Member is currently using Factor IX prophylactic therapy; or
      2. Member has a current or history of a life-threatening hemorrhage; or
      3. Member has a history of repeated, serious spontaneous bleeding episodes;
    4. Member has not previously received gene therapy treatment.

    Aetna considers all other indications as experimental, investigational, or unproven.

  3. Continuation of Therapy

    See Dosage and Administration information.

  4. Related Policies

    1. CPB 0131 - Clotting Factors

Dosage and Administration

Etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb is supplied as Hemgenix with a nominal concentration of 1 x 1013 genome copies (gc)/mL, and each vial contains an extractable volume of not less than 10 mL. It is provided in kits containing 10 to 48 single-use vials, each kit constituting a dosage unit based on the individual's body weight. Hemgenix is a suspension for single-use intravenous infusion only.

Hemophilia B

The recommended dose of Hemgenix is given as a single dose of 2 x 1013 genome copies (gc) per kilogram (kg) of body weight (or 2 mL/kg body weight). Hemgenix can be administered only once.

Refer to full prescribing information for Hemgenix for preparation and administration instructions.

Source: CSL Behring, 2022


CPT Codes / HCPCS Codes / ICD-10 Codes

Code Code Description

Other CPT codes related to the CPB:

85250 Clotting; factor IX (PTC or Christmas)
85335 Factor inhibitor test
96365 - 96368 Intravenous infusion

HCPCS codes covered if selection criteria are met:

J1411 Injection, etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb, per therapeutic dose

Other HCPCS codes related to the CPB:

J7193 Factor ix (antihemophilic factor, purified, non-recombinant) per i.u
J7194 Factor ix, complex, per i.u
J7195 Injection, factor ix (antihemophilic factor, recombinant) per iu, not otherwise specified
J7200 Injection, factor ix, (antihemophilic factor, recombinant), rixubis, per iu
J7201 Injection, factor ix, fc fusion protein, (recombinant), alprolix, 1 i.u
J7202 Injection, factor ix, albumin fusion protein, (recombinant), idelvion, 1 i.u
J7203 Injection factor ix, (antihemophilic factor, recombinant), glycopegylated, (rebinyn), 1 iu

ICD-10 codes covered if selection criteria are met:

D67 Hereditary factor IX deficiency


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-Approved Indications 

  • Hemgenix is an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy indicated for treatment of adults with Hemophilia B (congenital Factor IX deficiency) who currently use Factor IX prophylaxis therapy, or have current or historical life-threatening hemorrhage, or have repeated, serious spontaneous bleeding episodes.

Etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb is available as Hemgenix (CSL Behring LLC) and is an adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5) based gene therapy developed to carry a copy of a gene encoding the Padua variant of human coagulation Factor IX (hFIX598 Padua). Cell transduction and an increase in circulating Factor IX activity occurs following the single intravenous infusion of Hemgenix (CSL Behring, 2022).

According to the prescribing information, Hemgenix carries the following warnings and precautions:

  • Infusion reactions: Monitor during administration and for at least 3 hours after end of infusion. If symptoms occur, slow or interrupt administration. Re-start administration at a slower infusion once resolved.
  • Hepatotoxicity: Closely monitor transaminase levels once per week for 3 months after Hemgenix administration to mitigate the risk of potential hepatotoxicity. Continue to monitor transaminases in all patients who developed liver enzyme elevations until liver enzymes return to baseline. Consider corticosteroid treatment should elevations occur.
  • Hepatocellular carcinogenicity: For patients with preexisting risk factors (e.g., cirrhosis, advanced hepatic fibrosis, hepatitis B or C, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), chronic alcohol consumption, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and advanced age), perform regular (e.g., annual) liver ultrasound and alpha-fetoprotein testing following administration.
  • Monitoring laboratory tests: Monitor for Factor IX activity and Factor IX inhibitors.

Per the prescribing information, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥5%) were elevated ALT, headache, blood creatine kinase elevations, flu-like symptoms, infusion-related reactions, fatigue, malaise and elevated AST.

Refer to full prescribing information for Hemgenix for use in specific populations.

Hemophilia B is a rare genetic bleeding disorder afflicting individuals who have inadequate levels of factor IX, a blood protein. Factor IX, a clotting factor, is a specialized protein necessary for blood clotting, a process where blood seals a wound to stop bleeding and facilitate healing. Individuals with hemophilia B experience prolonged bleeding in comparison to unaffected individuals. Hemophilia B is caused by mutations in the factor IX (F9) gene on the X chromosome, and therefore, is inherited as an X-linked recessive trait. Hemophilia B has an estimated occurrence of 1 in 25,000 male births and is less prevalent than hemophilia A with an estimated occurrence of 1 in 5,000 male births. Typically, female carriers of hemophilia B do not have symptoms, however, approximately 10-25% will develop mild symptoms and may even report moderate and severe symptoms. The disease is classified as mild (e.g., bruising and bleeding after surgery, dental procedures, injury, or trauma), moderate (e.g., occasional episodes of spontaneous bleeding from deep tissues such as joints and muscles), or severe (e.g., frequent, spontaneous bleeding episodes) dependent upon the activity level of factor IX. Individuals with mild hemophilia have factor IX levels between 5 and 40% of normal; moderate hemophilia have factor levels from 1 to 5% of normal; and severe hemophilia have factor levels less than 1% of normal. Diagnosis of hemophilia B is based on the individual's personal history of bleeding, individual's family history of bleeding and inheritance, and laboratory testing. The initial test is the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). Dependent upon aPTT test results, more specific blood testing is performed to determine if the cause of the abnormal aPTT is due to a deficiency of factor IX/hemophilia B, factor VIII/hemophilia A or another clotting factor. Once a diagnosis of hemophilia B is made, then the specific mutation in the F9 gene responsible for causing hemophilia may be identified. Current treatment options for individuals with hemophilia B include: recombinant factor IX, plasma-derived factor IX concentrates, and fresh frozen plasma (NORD, 2021).

On November 22, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Hemgenix (etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb), an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy for the treatment of adults with Hemophilia B (congenital Factor IX deficiency) who currently use Factor IX prophylaxis therapy, or have current or historical life-threatening hemorrhage, or have repeated, serious spontaneous bleeding episodes. The FDA approval was based on supporting data in two studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Hemgenix. These two studies consisted of 57 adult men(18 years to 75 years of age) with severe or moderately severe hemophilia B. In one study, a prospective, open-label, single-dose, single-arm, multi-national study, the individuals (n=54) with severe or moderately severe hemophilia B, received a single intravenous dose of 2 x 1013 gc/kg body weight of Hemgenix and entered a follow-up period of 5 years. Effectiveness was determined by decreases in the men's annualized bleeding rate (ABR). Individuals had increases in factor IX activity levels, a decreased need for routine factor IX replacement prophylaxis, and a 54% reduction in ABR compared to baseline (CSL Behring, 2022; FDA, 2022).


The above policy is based on the following references:

  1. CSL Behring LLC. Hemgenix (etranacogene dezaparvovec-drlb) suspension, for intravenous infusion. Prescribing Information. King of Prussia, PA: CSL Behring; revised November 2022.
  2. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). Hemophilia B. Danbury, CT: NORD. 2021. Available at: Accessed December 22, 2022.
  3. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA approves first gene therapy to treat adults with hemophilia B. FDA News Release. Sliver Spring, MD: FDA; Novermber 22, 2022.