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Dr. Isaac Melamed Md

6801 S Yosemite St
Centennial CO 80112
303 739-9000
Medical School: Other - 1975
Accepts Medicare: Yes
Participates In eRX: No
Participates In PQRS: No
Participates In EHR: Yes
License #: 32130
NPI: 1366480816
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HCPCS Code:96365 Description:Ther/proph/diag iv inf init Average Price:$220.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
HCPCS Code:94010 Description:Breathing capacity test Average Price:$155.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
HCPCS Code:99215 Description:Office/outpatient visit est Average Price:$239.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
HCPCS Code:96521 Description:Refill/maint portable pump Average Price:$220.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
HCPCS Code:96366 Description:Ther/proph/diag iv inf addon Average Price:$81.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
HCPCS Code:99214 Description:Office/outpatient visit est Average Price:$163.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
HCPCS Code:99213 Description:Office/outpatient visit est Average Price:$112.00 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:J1459 Description:Inj IVIG privigen 500 mg Average Price:$71.50 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:J1569 Description:Gammagard liquid injection Average Price:$71.41 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:95115 Description:Immunotherapy one injection Average Price:$31.00 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:95165 Description:Antigen therapy services Average Price:$32.90 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:95004 Description:Percut allergy skin tests Average Price:$9.00 Average Price Allowed
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Intravenous infusion, for therapy, prophylaxis, or diagnosis (specify substance or drug); each additional hour (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)
Intravenous infusion, for therapy, prophylaxis, or diagnosis (specify substance or drug); initial, up to 1 hour
Spirometry, including graphic record, total and timed vital capacity, expiratory flow rate measurement(s), with or without maximal voluntary ventilation
Injection, immune globulin (privigen), intravenous, non-lyophilized (e.g. liquid), 500 mg
Professional services for the supervision of preparation and provision of antigens for allergen immunotherapy; single or multiple antigens (specify number of doses)
Injection, immune globulin, (gammagard liquid), non-lyophilized, (e.g. liquid), 500 mg
Percutaneous tests (scratch, puncture, prick) with allergenic extracts, immediate type reaction, including test interpretation and report, specify number of tests
Professional services for allergen immunotherapy not including provision of allergenic extracts; single injection
Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least 2 of these 3 key components: A detailed history; A detailed examination; Medical decision making of moderate complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient's and/or family's needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Typically, 25 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family.
Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least 2 of these 3 key components: An expanded problem focused history; An expanded problem focused examination; Medical decision making of low complexity. Counseling and coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient's and/or family's needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of low to moderate severity. Typically, 15 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family.
Refilling and maintenance of portable pump
Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least 2 of these 3 key components: A comprehensive history; A comprehensive examination; Medical decision making of high complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient's and/or family's needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Typically, 40 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family.

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Mast cells, brain inflammation and autism. - European journal of pharmacology
Increasing evidence indicates that brain inflammation is involved in the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric diseases. Mast cells (MCs) are located perivascularly close to neurons and microglia, primarily in the leptomeninges, thalamus, hypothalamus and especially the median eminence. Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) is secreted from the hypothalamus under stress and, together with neurotensin (NT), can stimulate brain MCs to release inflammatory and neurotoxic mediators that disrupt the blood-brain barrier (BBB), stimulate microglia and cause focal inflammation. CRF and NT synergistically stimulate MCs and increase vascular permeability; these peptides can also induce each other׳s surface receptors on MCs leading to autocrine and paracrine effects. As a result, brain MCs may be involved in the pathogenesis of "brain fog," headaches, and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which worsen with stress. CRF and NT are significantly increased in serum of ASD children compared to normotypic controls further strengthening their role in the pathogenesis of autism. There are no clinically affective treatments for the core symptoms of ASDs, but pilot clinical trials using natural-antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules reported statistically significant benefit.Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Randomized phase I trials of the safety/tolerability of anti-LINGO-1 monoclonal antibody BIIB033. - Neurology® neuroimmunology & neuroinflammation
To evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of BIIB033 (anti-LINGO-1 monoclonal antibody) in healthy volunteers and participants with multiple sclerosis (MS).In 2 separate randomized, placebo-controlled studies, single ascending doses (SAD; 0.1-100 mg/kg) of BIIB033 or placebo were administered via IV infusion or subcutaneous injection to 72 healthy volunteers, and multiple ascending doses (MAD; 0.3-100 mg/kg; 2 doses separated by 14 days) of BIIB033 or placebo were administered via IV infusion to 47 participants with relapsing-remitting or secondary progressive MS. Safety assessments included adverse event (AE) monitoring, neurologic examinations, conventional and nonconventional MRI, EEG, optical coherence tomography, retinal examinations, and evoked potentials. Serum and CSF PK as well as the immunogenicity of BIIB033 were also evaluated.All 72 healthy volunteers and 47 participants with MS were included in the safety analyses. BIIB033 infusions were well tolerated. The frequency of AEs was similar between BIIB033 and placebo. There were no serious AEs or deaths. No clinically significant changes in any of the safety measures were observed. BIIB033 PK was similar between healthy volunteers and participants with MS. Doses of ≥10 mg/kg resulted in BIIB033 concentrations similar to or higher than the concentration associated with 90% of the maximum remyelination effect in rat remyelination studies. The incidence of anti-drug antibody production was low.The emerging safety, tolerability, and PK of BIIB033 support advancing BIIB033 into phase II clinical development as a potential treatment for CNS demyelination disorders.This study provides Class I evidence that BIIB033 is well tolerated and safe (serious adverse event rate 0%, 95% confidence interval 0-7.6%).
Intravenous immunoglobulin for treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease: a phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-finding trial. - The Lancet. Neurology
Three small trials suggest that intravenous immunoglobulin can affect biomarkers and symptoms of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. We tested the safety, effective dose, and infusion interval of intravenous immunoglobulin in such patients.We did a multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial at seven sites in the USA and five in Germany. Participants with probable Alzheimer's disease aged 50-85 years were randomly assigned (by a computer-generated randomisation sequence, with block sizes of eight) to infusions every 4 weeks (0·2, 0·5, or 0·8 g intravenous immunoglobulin per kg bodyweight, or placebo) or infusions every 2 weeks (0·1, 0·25, or 0·4 g/kg, or placebo). Patients, caregivers, investigators assessing outcomes, and staff at imaging facilities and the clinical research organisation were masked to treatment allocation, but dispensing pharmacists, the statistician, and the person responsible for final PET analyses were not. Treatment was masked with opaque pouches and infusion lines. The primary endpoint was median area under the curve (AUC) of plasma amyloid β (Aβ)(1-40) between the last infusion and the final visit (2 weeks or 4 weeks depending on infusion interval) in the intention-to-treat population. The trial is registered at (NCT00812565) and (ISRCTN64846759).89 patients were assessed for eligibility, of whom 58 were enrolled and 55 included in the primary analysis. Median AUC of plasma Aβ(1-40) was not significantly different for intravenous immunoglobulin compared with placebo for five of the six intervention groups (-18·0 [range -1347·0 to 1068·5] for 0·2 g/kg, -364·3 [-5834·5 to 1953·5] for 0·5 g/kg, and -351·8 [-1084·0 to 936·5] for 0·8 g/kg every 4 weeks vs -116·3 [-1379·0 to 5266·0] for placebo; and -13·8 [-1729·0 to 307·0] for 0·1 g/kg, and -32·5 [-1102·5 to 451·5] for 0·25 g/kg every 2 weeks vs 159·5 [51·5 to 303·0] for placebo; p>0·05 for all). The difference in median AUC of plasma Aβ(1-40) between the 0·4 g/kg every 2 weeks group (47·0 [range -341·0 to 72·5]) and the placebo group was significant (p=0·0216). 25 of 42 (60%) patients in the intervention group versus nine of 14 (64%) receiving placebo had an adverse event. Four of 42 (10%) patients in the intravenous immunoglobulin group versus four of 14 (29%) receiving placebo had a serious adverse event, including one stroke in the intervention group.Intravenous immunoglobulin may have an acceptable safety profile. Our results did not accord with those from previous studies. Longer trials with greater power are needed to assess the cognitive and functional effects of intravenous immunoglobulin in patients with Alzheimer's disease.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subcutaneous immunoglobulins: product characteristics and their role in primary immunodeficiency disease. - International reviews of immunology
Research on the role of subcutaneous immunoglobulin in primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) is ongoing. We analyzed pivotal studies for four subcutaneous immunoglobulin products: IGSC 10% (Gammagard(®) Liquid), IGIV-C 10% (Gamunex(®)-C), IGSC 16% (Vivaglobin(®)) and IGSC 20% (Hizentra(®)). To identify similarities and differences between products, we examined infusion parameters, adverse event profiles and improvements in tolerability over time. Maximum volume infused was 30 mL/site for IGSC 10%, 34 mL/site for IGIV-C 10%, 15 mL/site for IGSC 16% and 25 mL/site for IGSC 20%. Maximum number of simultaneous infusion sites was 10 for IGSC 10%, 8 for IGIV-C 10%, 6 for IGSC 16% and 4 for IGSC 20%. Local adverse reaction rate per infusion was 0.02 for IGSC 10%, 0.59 for IGIV-C, 0.49 for IGSC 16% and 0.58 for IGSC 20%. IGSC products have similar efficacy profiles; however, their tolerability profiles vary. Reasons for these differences are unknown and warrant further research.
Recombinant human hyaluronidase-facilitated subcutaneous infusion of human immunoglobulins for primary immunodeficiency. - The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
Subcutaneous immunoglobulin (IGSC) replacement therapy for primary immunodeficiency (PI) is equally efficacious to intravenous immunoglobulin (IGIV), induces fewer systemic reactions, and may be self-infused. Limited SC infusion volumes and reduced bioavailability, however, necessitate multiple infusion sites, more frequent treatment, and dose adjustment to achieve pharmacokinetic equivalence. Recombinant human hyaluronidase (rHuPH20) increases SC tissue permeability and facilitates dispersion and absorption, enabling administration of monthly doses in one site.This study investigated the efficacy and tolerability of rHuPH20-facilitated IGSC (IGHy) in patients with PI.In this open-label, multicenter phase III study, 87 patients with PI aged ≥2 years received 10% IGIV for 3 months, then IGHy (n = 83) for approximately 14 to 18 months at 108% of the IGIV dose. IGHy infusions began weekly, increasing to 3- or 4-week intervals.The majority (94.0%) of IGHy infusions were administered every 3 or 4 weeks, using one site (median, 1.09/month), with a mean volume of 292.2 mL. The bioavailability of IGHy measured by area under the concentration versus time curve was 93.3% of IGIV, which is pharmacokinetically equivalent. Systemic reactions were less frequent with IGHy than with IGIV (8.3% vs 25.0% of infusions). Local reactions to IGHy were generally mild to moderate, with a rate of 0.203 per infusion. The acute serious bacterial infection rate per subject-year for IGHy was low (0.025; upper 99% CI limit, 0.046). Overall infection rates per subject-year were 2.97 for IGHy and 4.51 for IGIV.IGHy was effective, safe, and pharmacokinetically equivalent to IGIV at the same administration intervals, but it caused fewer systemic reactions. Tolerability was good despite high infusion volumes and rates.Copyright © 2012 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of a new 10% liquid intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in patients with primary immunodeficiency. - Journal of clinical immunology
An investigational 10% liquid intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) was studied in 63 patients with primary immunodeficiency (PID) at 15 study sites.Patients were treated every 3 or 4 weeks with 254-1029 mg/kg/infusion of IVIG.Overall, Biotest-IVIG infusions were well tolerated. The proportion of infusions that were associated with adverse events during infusion, and up to 72 h after infusion, including those unrelated to study product, was 27.7% with an upper 95% confidence limit ≤30.6%. Two serious bacterial infections (SBIs) were observed resulting in a serious bacterial infection rate of 0.035 per person per year and an upper one-sided 99% confidence limit of ≤0.136 SBI/patient/year. The number of days of work or school missed due to infection were relatively low at 2.28 days/patient/year. Two patients were hospitalized for infection producing a rate of 0.21 hospitalization days/patient/year. The IgG half-life was approximately 30 days with variation among individuals.Pharmacokinetic parameters of specific antibody activities were essentially the same as those of total IgG. Biotest-IVIG is safe and effective in the treatment of PID.
Pharmacokinetics of subcutaneous IgPro20 in patients with primary immunodeficiency. - Clinical pharmacokinetics
Immunoglobulin replacement is a standard therapy for patients with primary immunodeficiencies. Subcutaneous administration of immunoglobulin offers more constant IgG levels than intravenous administration and simplifies administration for some patients. Use of L-proline as an excipient contributes to the stability of highly concentrated IgG preparations. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of IgPro20 (Hizentra®), a new 20% subcutaneous IgG solution, and compare the area under the serum concentration-time curve (AUC) with that of a similar intravenous 10% IgG solution (IgPro10; Privigen®). At the request of the US FDA, an algorithm for determining IgG trough level ratios (TLRs) was developed in order to provide physicians with a practical tool for monitoring doses during steady-state IgPro20 therapy.This was a prospective, open-label, multicentre, single-arm, phase III clinical trial conducted in the US. The study was performed in a primary-care setting. Eligible patients were males or females aged 6-75 years with a primary immunodeficiency (common variable immunodeficiency or X-linked agammaglobulinaemia) who had received regular treatment with IgPro10 for at least 3 months prior to entering this study and had achieved serum trough concentration (C(trough)) values ≥5 g/L. IgPro20 was administered subcutaneously once weekly at initial doses equivalent to 130% of patients' previous doses, based on the results obtained in a Vivaglobin® study and due to an FDA request. After run-in, each patient's dose was adjusted to achieve an AUC comparable to that achieved with IgPro10 administered intravenously.Eighteen patients completed the study. Mean IgPro20 : IgPro10 dose ratio (dose adjustment coefficient) was 1.53 (range 1.26-1.87). The resulting mean AUCs were 105.6 g · day/L for IgPro20 versus 103.2 g · day/L for IgPro10 (geometric mean ratio 1.002; lower one-sided 95% confidence limit [CL] 0.951). Thus, the primary endpoint of the study was met, as this result exceeded the pre-specified criterion of the lower one-sided 95% CL of ≥0.8 for non-inferiority. At these AUCs, which were considered equivalent, the mean IgPro20 : IgPro10 TLR, determined by the developed algorithm, was 1.29 (range 1.18-1.73). Titres of specific antibodies tested were well above respective product specifications, suggesting that protection against infection would be effective.Steady-state AUCs with subcutaneous IgPro20 and intravenous IgPro10 were equivalent. Mean dose adjustment coefficient and mean TLR can be used for initial dose conversion without risk of under-protection but vary too widely to be considered measures of equivalence. Trial registration number ( NCT00419341.
Efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of a 10% liquid immune globulin preparation (GAMMAGARD LIQUID, 10%) administered subcutaneously in subjects with primary immunodeficiency disease. - Journal of clinical immunology
A multi-center, prospective, open-label study was conducted in primary immunodeficiency disease patients to determine the tolerability and pharmacokinetics of a 10% liquid IgG preparation administered subcutaneously. Forty-nine subjects (3-77 years old) were enrolled. Pharmacokinetic equivalence of subcutaneous treatment was achieved at a median dose of 137% of the intravenous dose, with a mean trough IgG level of 1,202 mg/dL at the end of the assessment period. The overall infection rate during subcutaneous treatment was 4.1 per subject-year. Three acute serious bacterial infections were reported, resulting in a rate of 0.067 per subject-year. A low overall rate of temporally associated adverse events (8%), and a very low rate of infusion site adverse events (2.8%), was seen at volumes up to 30 mL/site and rates ≤ 30 mL/h/site. Thus, subcutaneous replacement therapy with a 10% IgG preparation proved effective, safe and well-tolerated in our study population of subjects with primary immunodeficiency disease.
Efficacy and safety of a new 20% immunoglobulin preparation for subcutaneous administration, IgPro20, in patients with primary immunodeficiency. - Journal of clinical immunology
Subcutaneous human IgG (SCIG) therapy in primary immunodeficiency (PID) offers sustained IgG levels throughout the dosing cycle and fewer adverse events (AEs) compared to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). A phase I study showed good local tolerability of IgPro20, a new 20% liquid SCIG stabilized with L-proline. A prospective, open-label, multicenter, single-arm, phase III study evaluated the efficacy and safety of IgPro20 in patients with PID over 15 months. Forty-nine patients (5-72 years) previously treated with IVIG received weekly subcutaneous infusions of IgPro20. The mean serum IgG level was 12.5 g/L. No serious bacterial infections were reported. There were 96 nonserious infections (rate 2.76/patient per year). The rate of days missed from work/school was 2.06/patient per year, and the rate of hospitalization was 0.2/patient per year. Ninety-nine percent of AEs were mild or moderate. No serious, IgPro20-related AEs were reported. IgPro20 effectively protected patients with PID against infections and maintained serum IgG levels without causing unexpected AEs.
Pharmacokinetics of a new 10% intravenous immunoglobulin in patients receiving replacement therapy for primary immunodeficiency. - European journal of pharmaceutical sciences : official journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) is used in treating immunodeficiencies and autoimmune or inflammatory disorders. As manufacturing processes and storage can alter IgG molecules, pharmacokinetic assessments are important for new preparations. Thus, we studied pharmacokinetics of IgPro10, a new 10% liquid IVIg product stabilised with l-proline, in patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) and X-linked agammaglobulinaemia (XLA). Patients received IgPro10 for >or=4 months (median dose of 444mg/kg, at 3- or 4-week intervals). Median total IgG serum concentrations increased from 10.2g/l pre-infusion to 23.2g/l at infusion end. Serum IgG concentrations decreased in a biphasic manner; median terminal half-life was 36.6 days. Median half-lives were 33.2 for IgG(1), 36.3 for IgG(2), 25.9 for IgG(3) and 36.4 days for IgG(4). Specific antibody concentrations (anti-CMV, anti-Hemophilus influenzae type B, anti-tetanus toxoid and anti-Streptococcus pneumoniae) decreased with median half-lives of 22.3-30.5 days. IgPro10 pharmacokinetics were similar in patients with CVID and XLA, although patients with CVID showed higher levels of anti-tetanus and anti-S. pneumoniae antibodies than patients with XLA, suggesting residual specific antibody production. IgPro10 pharmacokinetics fulfilled expectations for and were similar to intact IgG products. Administration of IgPro10 at 3- or 4-week intervals achieved sufficient plasma concentrations of total IgG, IgG subclasses and antibodies specific to important pathogens.

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