Pharmacy Question for the Week of June 7, 2021

Pharmacy Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Are blood derivatives such as albumin infused for therapeutic treatment of liver failure or diseases such as cirrhosis billed as a biological by the pharmacy?

Answer:

Yes, understand that blood derivatives such as albumin infused for therapeutic treatment of liver failure or diseases such as cirrhosis or nephrotic syndrome resulting in hypoalbuminemia are billed as a biological by the pharmacy, and the administration of that substance is reported as drug administration, not blood transfusion.