RSV season is here! Season schedules are established at the recommendation of the Texas Pediatric Society's RSV Task Force group. RSV seasons by region can be found here: https://www.txvendordrug.com/formulary/prior-authorization/synagis/rsv-schedule. Texas Children’s Health Plan authorizes palivizumab based on criteria determined by the 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. Texas Children’s Health Plan’s prior authorization form can be found here: https://www.navitus.com/getdoc/32bbdbf3-3855-4dfe-8b89-fc0b4d728f06/2017-2018-Synagis-Texas-Children-s-Health-Plan.aspx. For the 2017-2018 RSV season, Texas Children’s Health Plan will continue to use the following 2 preferred pharmacies: Maxor Specialty Pharmacy 216 South Polk [...]
Dr. James Dunn, Medical Director for Medical Microbiology and Virology at Texas Children's Hospital provides an update on the 2015-2016 Respiratory Virus Season in Texas. Topics include an update on the current flu and RSV conditions in Texas, Point of Care (POC) testing, and helpful resources to help you through this year's Respiratory Virus Season.
By Dr. Lisa Hollier, MD MPH Chief Medical Officer Texas Children’s Health Plan Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director, Health Policy Division, Baylor College of Medicine Pregnant women, along with their fetuses, are particularly vulnerable to vaccine-preventable disease-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have made recommendations for adult vaccines and there are two that are directly recommended for administration during pregnancy, four are recommended in pregnancy based on additional risk factors, and two are specifically recommended during the postpartum period (see [...]