Radiology Question for the Week of October 24, 2016



Can you tell me if there is a code for VARIBAR® (Barium Sulfate Suspension, 40% w/v)?



Unfortunately, there is no HCPCS level II code for any barium product. Barium is generally not reported separately since it is considered a supply. The cost of the barium should be included in the cost for the procedure code and not reported separately. Alternatively the cost for VARIBAR® could be listed under a revenue code for supplies such as 0270 or 0279, or even 0255 – drugs incident to radiology and not included in the costs for the procedure code.

VARIBAR® (Barium Sulfate Suspension, 40% w/v)

Indications and Usage:

These products are indicated for use in radiography of the esophagus, pharynx and hypopharynx. VARIBAR is indicated for adult use only.


For Oral Administration: This product should not be used in patients with known or suspected gastrointestinal tract perforation, or hypersensitivity to barium sulfate or any component of this barium sulfate formulation. Rarely, severe allergic reactions of an anaphylactoid nature have been reported following administration of barium sulfate agents.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

VARIBAR is manufactured by E-Z-EM Canada Inc., for E-Z-EM, Inc., a subsidiary of Bracco Diagnostics Inc., Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

VARIBAR is a registered trademark of E-Z-EM, Inc.