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Health Economics & Outcomes Research

Drugs in Context Health Economics & Outcomes Research welcomes a broad range of article types including original research, study protocols and review articles.

In line with the principle of providing context for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to properly inform and improve disease management in real world medicine, we especially encourage the submission of articles that provide context for trials of drug interventions in order to motivate improvements in disease management by HCPs practising medicine in the front line.

NEPA, a new fixed combination of netupitant and palonosetron, is a cost-effective intervention for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in the UK

NEPA, a new fixed combination of netupitant and palonosetron, is a cost-effective intervention for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in the UK

Authors: Helene Cawston, Francois Bourhis, Jennifer Eriksson, Pierfrancesco Ruffo, Paolo D’Agostino, Marco Turini, Lee Schwartzberg, Alistair McGuire

Despite study limitations (study setting, time horizon, utility measure), the results suggest NEPA is cost effective for preventing CINV associated with HEC and MEC in the UK.

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Lanthanum carbonate oral powder: satisfaction, preference and adherence in French and Spanish patients with end-stage renal disease

Lanthanum carbonate oral powder: satisfaction, preference and adherence in French and Spanish patients with end-stage renal disease

Authors: Michael Keith, Patricia de Sequera, Francois Clair, Riccardo Pedersini

The aim of this survey was to investigate satisfaction with, preference for, and adherence to lanthanum carbonate oral powder in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The authors concluded that patients with ESRD report increased satisfaction with and preference for lanthanum carbonate powder over other formulations, suggesting that lanthanum carbonate powder is more convenient and easier to use than other formulations.

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Pharmacoeconomic comparison of aripiprazole once-monthly and paliperidone palmitate from a head-to-head clinical trial in schizophrenia: a US analysis

Pharmacoeconomic comparison of aripiprazole once-monthly and paliperidone palmitate from a head-to-head clinical trial in schizophrenia: a US analysis

Authors: Christophe Sapin, Ann Hartry, Siddhesh A Kamat, Maud Beillat, Ross A Baker, Anna Eramo

In this analysis the authors used health economics assessment data collected during the QUAlity of LIfe with AbiliFY Maintena (QUALIFY) study, a randomized head-to-head study of aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg (AOM 400) compared with paliperidone palmitate (PP; 78–234 mg/mo), to determine the direct medical and pharmacy costs and the cost-effectiveness associated with each treatment over 6 months. The authors concluded that the analysis of data from stabilized patients with schizophrenia in the QUALIFY study indicated that AOM 400 is associated with lower health-care costs and greater effectiveness compared with PP and thus represents the economically dominant strategy.

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Evaluating cost benefits of combination therapies for advanced melanoma

Evaluating cost benefits of combination therapies for advanced melanoma

Authors: Ivar S Jensen, Emily Zacherle, Christopher M Blanchette, Jie Zhang, Wes Yin

The model presented in this study was used to analyze the clinical and economic benefit of using combination therapies in advanced melanoma patients with the BRAF V600 mutation. The analysis suggests dabrafenib + trametinib therapy is associated with less patient time and lower costs relative to nivolumab + ipilimumab to gain similar progression-free survival and overall response rate benefits.

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Clinical and cost outcomes from different hyaluronic acid treatments in patients with knee osteoarthritis: evidence from a US health plan claims database

Clinical and cost outcomes from different hyaluronic acid treatments in patients with knee osteoarthritis: evidence from a US health plan claims database

Authors: Vinod Dasa, Mitch DeKoven, Kainan Sun, Allan Scott, Sooyeol Lim

Intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid (HA) for knee osteoarthritis (OA) effectively reduces pain and delays total knee replacement (TKR) surgery; however, little is known about relative differences in clinical and cost outcomes among different HA products. In this study, the authors conclude that analysis of administrative claims data provides real-world evidence that meaningful differences exist among some HA products in disease-specific cost and time to knee replacement surgery.

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