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Drishti Shah, Vamshi Ruthwik Anupindi, Varun Vaidya
Chronic back pain is an extremely common health problem. The largest category for pain therapy costs includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids. However, there has been limited evidence outlining their effectiveness in terms of quality of life for the treatment of chronic back pain. The authors performed a comparative pharmacoeconomic analysis of chronic back pain patients using NSAIDs versus those using opioids alone or combination opioid analgesics. This pharmacoeconomic evaluation was conducted using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
S Vincent Rajkumar, Jean Luc Harousseau
Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple myeloma have come at a rapid pace, especially with several new drugs entering the market in the last few years. However access and affordability to new treatments poses a major challenge, both in the United States and around the world. High costs of life-saving drugs are detrimental to both the personal finances of the individual patient, as well as society which must bear the increasing costs in terms of increased health insurance premiums, taxes, or both...
October 14, 2016: Blood
Huifen Ma, Weiyan Jian, Tingting Xu, Yasheng He, John A Rizzo, Hai Fang
BACKGROUND: The number of pharmacoeconomic publications in the literature from China has risen rapidly, but the quality of pharmacoeconomic publications from China has not been analyzed. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to identify all recent pharmacoeconomic publications from China, to critically appraise the reporting quality, and to summarize the results. METHODS: Four databases (PubMed, Web of Science, Medline, and EmBase) were searched for original articles published up to December 31, 2014...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Matthieu Hanf, David Chiron, Sophie de Visme, Cyrille Touzeau, Hervé Maisonneuve, Henry Jardel, Catherine Pellat-Deceunynck, Martine Amiot, Steven le Gouill
BACKGROUND: Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) is often associated with progression, temporary response to therapy and a high relapse rate over time resulting in a poor long-term prognosis. Because MCL is classified as an incurable disease, therapeutic resistance is of great interest. However, knowledge about the biological mechanisms underlying resistance associated with MCL therapies and about associated predictors remains poor. The REFRACT-LYMA Cohort, a multicenter prospective cohort of patients with MCL, is set up to address this limitation...
October 14, 2016: BMC Cancer
Christoph Rochlitz, Martin Bigler, Roger von Moos, Jürg Bernhard, Klazien Matter-Walstra, Andreas Wicki, Khalil Zaman, Sandro Anchisi, Marc Küng, Kyung-Jae Na, Daniela Bärtschi, Markus Borner, Tamara Rordorf, Daniel Rauch, Andreas Müller, Thomas Ruhstaller, Marcus Vetter, Andreas Trojan, Ursula Hasler-Strub, Richard Cathomas, Ralph Winterhalder
BACKGROUND: Adding bevacizumab to chemotherapy improves response rates and progression-free survival (PFS) in metastatic breast cancer (mBC). We aimed to demonstrate decreased toxicity with metronomic chemotherapy/bevacizumab compared with paclitaxel/bevacizumab. METHODS: This multicenter, randomized phase III trial compared bevacizumab with either paclitaxel (arm A) or daily oral capecitabine-cyclophosphamide (arm B) as first-line treatment in patients with HER2-negative advanced breast cancer...
October 10, 2016: BMC Cancer
Ying Zheng, Feng Pan, Sonja Sorensen
As the number of interventions available in a therapeutic area increases, the relevant decision questions in health technology assessment (HTA) expand to compare treatment sequences instead of discrete treatments and identify optimal sequences or position for a particular treatment in a sequence. The objective of this work was to review approaches used to model treatment sequences and provide practical guidance on conceptualizing whether and how to model sequences in health economic models. Economic models including treatment sequencing assessed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence were reviewed, as these assessments generally provide both policy relevance and comprehensive model detail...
October 8, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Ange C Iliza, Alexis Matteau, Jason R Guertin, Dominic Mitchell, Fiorella Fanton-Aita, Anick Dubois, Marie-Pierre Dubé, Jean-Claude Tardif, Jacques LeLorier
Pharmacogenomics (PGx) tests have the potential of improving the effectiveness of expensive new drugs by predicting the likelihood, for a particular patient, to respond to a treatment. The objective of this study was to develop a pharmacoeconomic model to determine the characteristics and the cost-effectiveness of a hypothetical PGx test, which would identify patients who are most likely to respond to an expensive treatment for chronic heart failure. For this purpose, we chose the example of ivabradine. Our results suggest that the use of a PGx test that could select a subgroup of patients to be treated with an expensive drug has the potential to provide more efficient drug utilization...
October 10, 2016: Pharmacogenomics
Christophe Sapin, Ann Hartry, Siddhesh A Kamat, Maud Beillat, Ross A Baker, Anna Eramo
Schizophrenia presents a substantial clinical and economic burden to the health-care system. In QUAlity of LIfe with AbiliFY Maintena (QUALIFY), a randomized head-to-head study of aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg (AOM 400) compared with paliperidone palmitate (PP; 78-234 mg/mo), AOM 400 demonstrated greater improvement in health-related quality of life and functioning in patients with stable schizophrenia. The present analysis used health economics assessment data collected during the QUALIFY study to determine the direct medical and pharmacy costs and the cost-effectiveness associated with each treatment over 6 months...
2016: Drugs in Context
Dragana Protic, Dragana Savic, Dragana Andjelkovic, Nina Djukanovic, Marija Zdravkovic, Sinisa F Djurasevic, Zoran Todorovic
INTRODUCTION: Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) are increasingly resistant nosocomial pathogens. We aimed to analyze the prevalence of CoNS isolates in clinical settings, the evolution of antimicrobial resistance of CoNS, and antibiotic consumption in a hospital. METHODOLOGY: This retrospective cohort study was carried out at a tertiary healthcare facility over 17 months. Identification of isolated cultures and antibiotic susceptibility testing were performed using the Vitek2 system...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
I Cegec, I Simic, V Erdeljic Turk, K Makar Ausperger, M Aumiler Radacic, I Kraljickovic, D Juricic Nahal, R Likic
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October 6, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Z Kaló, D Vitezic
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October 6, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
D Vitezic
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October 6, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Thomas De Rijdt, Isabel Spriet, Ludo Willems, Marianne Blanckaert, Martin Hiele, Alexander Wilmer, Steven Simoens
BACKGROUND: The inappropriate startup of long-term acid suppressive therapy (AST) can have clinical and pharmacoeconomic impacts on ambulatory care. OBJECTIVE: To assess the proportion of patients with appropriate initiation of long-term AST in non-critically ill patients. To describe possible risk factors for nonappropriate AST. To calculate the potential savings when eliminating the nonappropriate startup of AST. METHOD: This observational, retrospective study evaluated the appropriateness of startup of long-term AST in medical records using a broad variety of international criteria and guidelines and using a validated screening instrument...
September 20, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Mahdi Gharaibeh, J Lyle Bootman, Ali McBride, Jennifer Martin, Ivo Abraham
Effect sizes of efficacy of first-line treatments for (metastatic) pancreas cancer are constrained, underscoring the need for evaluations of the efficacy-to-cost relationship. We critically review economic evaluations of first-line chemotherapy regimens for pancreatic cancer since the 1997 introduction of gemcitabine. We searched PubMed/MEDLINE and EMBASE (1997-2015), and the websites of health technology assessment agencies. Two authors independently reviewed economic studies for eligibility in this review; evaluated peer-reviewed, journal-published studies in terms of the Drummond Checklist; and critiqued the technical and scientific merit of all studies...
September 14, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Lilly Ostrovsky
The following summaries represent a sample of the many real-world, evidence-based studies presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), April 19-22, 2016, in San Francisco, CA. These studies highlight some of the main trends in the current US healthcare with important implications for payers, employers, drug manufacturers, providers, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders.
May 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
Stephanie Law, Daljit Ghag, Eric Grafstein, Robert Stenstrom, Devin Harris
OBJECTIVES: Patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) (deep vein thrombosis [DVT] and pulmonary embolism [PE]) are commonly treated as outpatients. Traditionally, patients are anticoagulated with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) and warfarin, resulting in return visits to the ED. The direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) medications do not require therapeutic monitoring or repeat visits; however, they are more expensive. This study compared health costs, from the hospital and patient perspectives, between traditional versus DOAC therapy...
September 2016: CJEM
Simon van der Schans, Lucas M A Goossens, Melinde R S Boland, Janwillem W H Kocks, Maarten J Postma, Job F M van Boven, Maureen P M H Rutten-van Mölken
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a highly prevalent chronic lung disease with considerable clinical and socioeconomic impact. Pharmacologic maintenance drugs (such as bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids) play an important role in the treatment of COPD. The cost effectiveness of these treatments has been frequently assessed, but studies to date have largely neglected the impact of treatment sequence and the exact stage of disease in which the drugs are used in real life...
September 3, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Todd Gammie, Sabine Vogler, Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar
OBJECTIVE: To review the international body of literature from 2010 to 2015 concerning methods of economic evaluations used in hospital- and community-based studies of pharmacy services in publicly funded health systems worldwide, their clinical outcomes, and economic effectiveness. DATA SOURCES: The literature search was undertaken between May 2, 2015, and September 4, 2015. Keywords included "health economics" and "evaluation" "assessment" or "appraisal," "methods," "hospital" or "community" or "residential care," "pharmacy" or "pharmacy services" and "cost minimisation analysis" or "cost utility analysis" or "cost effectiveness analysis" or "cost benefit analysis...
September 1, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Vassilis Fragoulakis, Chris P Pescott, Jesper M J Smeenk, Evert J P van Santbrink, G Jur E Oosterhuis, Frank J M Broekmans, Nikos Maniadakis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Subfertility represents a multidimensional problem associated with significant distress and impaired social well-being. In the Netherlands, an estimated 50,000 couples visit their general practitioner and 30,000 couples seek medical specialist care for subfertility. We conducted an economic evaluation comparing recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone (follitropin alfa, r-hFSH, Gonal-F(®)) with two classes of urinary gonadotrophins-highly purified human menopausal gonadotrophin (hp-HMG, Menopur(®)) and urinary follicle-stimulating hormone (uFSH, Fostimon(®))-for ovarian stimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment in the Netherlands...
August 31, 2016: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
Dafne B C A Gomez, Suely A Vidal, Luciana C S Lima
OBJECTIVES: Considering the lack of questionnaires that propose to evaluate parental satisfaction with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Brazil, this study aimed to carry out the translation of the EMPATHIC-N questionnaire into Brazilian Portuguese, the cross-cultural adaptation and validation of its contents. METHOD: The translation and cultural adaptation of the questionnaire was carried out according to the protocol established by the Translation and Cross-Cultural Adaptation Group of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) in 2005...
August 24, 2016: Jornal de Pediatria
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