CMS Natrecor NCD
Medicare contractors may opt to cover J&J/Scios' Natrecor for some off-label uses despite a March 2 CMS national coverage decision against using nesiritide for chronic heart failure. The decision "does not change contractor discretion to cover other off-label uses of nesiritide" or affect coverage for the labeled indication of acutely decompensated heart failure, CMS said. The agency had expressed concern about the drug's potential for increased mortality rates and renal dysfunction. The NCD review found inconsistent data on use of Natrecor for chronic heart failure (1"The Pink Sheet" Dec. 12, 2005, p. 12)...
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