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What Physicians’ Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code do I use to report the new preservative-free tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine?

Sanofi pasteur (formerly Aventis Pasteur) recently received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for DECA-VAC tetanus and diphtheria toxoids adsorbed for adult use (Td vaccine). The new vaccine started shipping on January 1, 2005, and sanofi pasteur will no longer be offering its preservative-containing Td vaccine. The American Medical Association released the new CPT code for the product on its Web site ( as follows:

The implementation period for the new code runs through July 1, 2005. This means that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act–covered entities have...

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