IPG and Pacira BioSciences Announce Collaboration to Reduce Postsurgical Opioid Prescribing and Surgical Procedure Costs
Through this partnership, IPG will offer reimbursement for EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) to its health plan provider clients across the country to further support its mission to bring high quality, cost-effective surgical solutions to the
“We look forward to working with Pacira on this joint commitment to decrease surgical costs, reliance on opioids, and opioid-related adverse events through the reimbursement and expanded utilization of EXPAREL,” said
Under the terms of the partnership, the organizations will co-develop clinician-facing educational materials and EXPAREL resources that will support best practice pain management for surgical patients.
“The use of non-opioid postsurgical pain management plays an integral role in improved clinical and economic outcomes, as well as increased patient satisfaction,” said
“This collaboration furthers our commitment to quality and affordability of surgical care.” said
IPG works with the leading national and regional health plans across the country and their partnering providers, including large chains and independent ambulatory surgery centers.
IPG is the leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, working with health plans, providers, surgical facilities and patients across the country to improve quality and reduce costs for surgical procedures through optimization of the most effective site of care and device selection, resulting in more affordable high-quality care to consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 866.753.0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.
EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) is indicated for single-dose infiltration in adults to produce postsurgical local analgesia and as an interscalene brachial plexus nerve block to produce postsurgical regional analgesia. Safety and efficacy have not been established in other nerve blocks. The product combines bupivacaine with DepoFoam®, a proven product delivery technology that delivers medication over a desired time period. EXPAREL represents the first and only multivesicular liposome local anesthetic that can be utilized in the peri- or postsurgical setting. By utilizing the DepoFoam platform, a single dose of EXPAREL delivers bupivacaine over time, providing significant reductions in cumulative pain scores with up to a 78 percent decrease in opioid consumption; the clinical benefit of the opioid reduction was not demonstrated. Additional information is available at www.EXPAREL.com.
Important Safety Information for Patients
EXPAREL should not be used in obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia. In studies where EXPAREL was injected into the wound, the most common side effects were nausea, constipation, and vomiting. In studies where EXPAREL was injected near a nerve, the most common side effects were nausea, fever, and constipation. EXPAREL is not recommended to be used in patients younger than 18 years old or in pregnant women. Tell your healthcare provider if you have liver disease, since this may affect how the active ingredient (bupivacaine) in EXPAREL is eliminated from your body. EXPAREL should not be injected into the spine, joints, or veins. The active ingredient in EXPAREL: can affect your nervous system and your cardiovascular system; may cause an allergic reaction; may cause damage if injected into your joints.
Source: Pacira BioSciences