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Cost-effectiveness of adalimumab, infliximab or vedolizumab as first-line biological therapy in moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis
  1. Lauren Yokomizo1,
  2. Berkeley Limketkai1,2,
  3. K T Park1,3
  1. 1Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
  2. 2Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California, USA
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr KT Park; ktpark{at}stanford.edu

Abstract

Background There are no head-to-head randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing the effectiveness of biologics in ulcerative colitis (UC). We aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of adalimumab, infliximab and vedolizumab as first-line agents to induce clinical remission and mucosal healing (MH) in UC.

Methods We constructed a decision tree based on a payer's perspective in the USA to estimate the first year costs of adalimumab, infliximab or vedolizumab to achieve clinical remission and MH in patients with moderate-to-severe UC. Transition probabilities were derived from ACT, ULTRA and GEMINI RCT data. Costs were derived from Medicare reimbursement rates and wholesale drug prices.

Results Assuming a biological-naïve cohort, infliximab 5 mg/kg every 8 weeks was more cost-effective ($99 171 per MH achieved) than adalimumab 40 mg every other week ($316 378 per MH achieved) and vedolizumab every 8 weeks ($301 969 per MH achieved) at 1 year. Non-drug administration cost of infliximab exceeding $1974 per infusion would make adalimumab more cost-effective. First-line UC therapy with vedolizumab would be cost-effective if the drug acquisition price was <$2537 for each 300 mg administration during the 1-year time horizon.

Conclusions If non-drug costs of infliximab administration are not excessive (<$2000), infliximab is the most cost-effective first-line biologic for moderate-to-severe UC. Exceeding this threshold infusion-related cost would make adalimumab the more cost-effective therapy. Considering its drug costs in the USA, vedolizumab appears to be appropriately used as a second-line biologic after antitumour necrosis factor failure.

  • INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
  • ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • COST-EFFECTIVENESS

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