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A Value-Based Medicine cost-utility analysis of genetic testing for neovascular macular degeneration. - PubMed - NCBI

A Value-Based Medicine cost-utility analysis of genetic testing for neovascular macular degeneration. - PubMed - NCBI

Int J Retina Vitreous. 2015 Oct 26;1:19. eCollection 2015.
A Value-Based Medicine cost-utility analysis of genetic testing for neovascular macular degeneration.
Brown GC1, Brown MM2, Lieske HB3, Lieske PA3, Brown KS3.
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Abstract
BACKGROUND:
There is a dearth of patient, preference-based cost-effectiveness analyses evaluating genetic testing for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD).
METHODS:
A Value-Based Medicine, 12-year, combined-eye model, cost-utility analysis evaluated genetic testing of Category 3 AMD patients at age 65 for progression to NVAMD. The benefit of genetic testing was predicated upon the fact that early-treatment ranibizumab therapy (baseline vision 20/40-20/80) for NVAMD confers greater patient value than late-treatment (baseline vision ≤20/160). Published genetic data and MARINA Study ranibizumab therapy data were utilized in the analysis. Patient value (quality-of-life gain) and financial value (2012 US real dollar) outcomes were discounted at 3 % annually.
RESULTS:
Genetic testing-enabled, early-treatment ranibizumab therapy per patient conferred mean 20/40-1 vision, a 0.845 QALY gain and 14.1 % quality-of-life gain over sham therapy. Late-treatment ranibizumab therapy conferred mean 20/160+2 vision, a 0.250 QALY gain and 4.2 % quality-of-life gain over sham therapy. The gain from early-treatment over late-treatment was 0.595 QALY (10.0 % quality-of-life gain). The per-patient cost for genetic testing/closer monitoring was $2205 per screened person, $2.082 billion for the 944,000 estimated new Category 3 AMD patients annually. Genetic testing/monitoring costs per early-treatment patient totaled $66,180. Costs per early-treatment patient included: genetic testing costs: $66,180 + direct non-ophthalmic medical costs: -$40,914 + caregiver costs: -$172,443 + employment costs: -$14,098 = a net societal cost saving of $160,582 per early treatment patient. When genetic screening facilitated an incremental 12,965 (8.0 %) of the 161,754, new annual NVAMD patients aged ≥65 in the US to undergo early-treatment ranibizumab therapy, each additional patient treated accrued an overall, net financial gain for society of $160,582. Genetic screening was cost-effective, using World Health Organization criteria, when it enabled an incremental 4.1 % (6634) of 161,754 annual NVAMD patients ≥65 years to receive early-treatment ranibizumab therapy.
CONCLUSIONS:
Genetic screening-enabled, early-treatment ranibizumab therapy for NVAMD is cost-effective if it enables an incremental 4.1 % of the annual US cohort of new-onset NVAMD patients ≥65 to undergo early-treatment with ranibizumab.
KEYWORDS:
Comparative effectiveness; Cost-effectiveness; Genetic testing; Neovascular macular degeneration
PMID: 27847612 PMCID: PMC5088478 DOI: 10.1186/s40942-015-0016-5
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