|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 39
The cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of statin drug for the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease, a systematic review
Mahmoud Eisavi1, Elaheh Mazaheri2, Aziz Rezapour3, Sajad Vahedi4, Marziye Hadian5, Abdosaleh Jafari6
1 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Medical Library and Information Sciences, Health Information Technology Research Center, Student Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3 Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Department of Health Services Management, School of Health, Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
5 Department of Health Care Management, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Student Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
6 Health Human Resources Research Centre, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
|Date of Submission||18-Mar-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||14-Jul-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||15-May-2021|
Health Human Resources Research Centre, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz
Department of Health Care Management, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Student Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Cardiovascular diseases impose a burden of disease and economic burden on society. With regard to different drugs are used to treat cardiovascular disease; these interventions should be economically evaluated and them that the most cost-effective were selected. The aim of this study was to investigate the studies carried on the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of statin drugs for the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease between 2004 and 2020. Quality assessment of the articles was examined by Drummond's checklist. Given that the inclusion criteria, 26 articles included in the review. The results of this review showed that many articles related to the economic evaluation of statin drugs adhered international standards for performing economic evaluation studies. All the studies mentioned the source of effectiveness (the second criteria) and alternative options for the comparison (the third criteria). Atorvastatin and rosuvastatin drugs were the main options for the comparison in the studies. Although the results of the studies were different in some aspects, such as the type of modeling, costs items and the study perspective, they reached the same results which the use of statin drugs versus no-drug can decrease cost, cardiovascular events and deaths and increase QALY. The results were nearly different due to study design, time horizon, efficacy, and drug prices.
Keywords: Cost-benefit analysis, cardiovascular diseases, statin drugs, systematic review
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Eisavi M, Mazaheri E, Rezapour A, Vahedi S, Hadian M, Jafari A. The cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of statin drug for the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease, a systematic review. Int J Prev Med 2021;12:39
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Eisavi M, Mazaheri E, Rezapour A, Vahedi S, Hadian M, Jafari A. The cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of statin drug for the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease, a systematic review. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jun 25];12:39. Available from: https://www.ijpvmjournal.net/text.asp?2021/12/1/39/316202
| Introduction|| |
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) have been accounted as a leading cause of rehospitalization and mortality in the World., Unfortunately, the large numbers of mortalities related to CVDs occur in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Heart attacks and strokes accounted as 80% of CVDs mortalities.,, Global burden of diseases (GBD) studies showed that CVDs induce remarkable burden of disease, especially in LMICs. It is estimated that in 2020, ischemic heart disease (IHD) for example will be accounted as the first cause of mortality in the World., Causing 10% of the burden of disease, after accidents and mental disorders, CVDs accounted for the third important contributor of the burden of disease in Iran. CVDs also impose remarkable expenditures on both patients and healthcare systems. In the personal and household levels, studies showed that households that affected by CVDs have larger medical expenditures. This may lead these households to face catastrophic healthcare expenditure. Alongside primary prevention strategies such as tobacco control policies, taxation to reduce harmful food, increasing physical activity, alcohol reduction strategies and providing healthy school meals to children, evidence show that using medicines such as aspirin, beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and statins as secondary prevention may reduce the burden of CVDs., Statins, a class of lipid-lowering medications, by reducing the production of cholesterol in the liver and reabsorbing cholesterols from the walls of the arteries reduce CVDs and mortality attributed to it. Because of their efficacy, the World Health Organization (WHO) included these medicines in the Essential Medicines 2015 list.
Various interventions at the levels of prevention and treatment for CVDs have different cost and effectiveness. Hence, these interventions need to be evaluated regards to their cost and effectiveness. This fact highlighted the necessity of using economic evaluation techniques in this field. Economic evaluation is one of the scientific techniques that policy-makers use to determine the most possible cost-effective intervention. Since there are numerous economic evaluation studies about statin drugs, present study tries to review these economic evaluation researches to inform both the public and policy-makers about their quality of methods, their results and to facilitate knowledge translation regarding statin drugs.
| Methods|| |
Applying systematic review approach, present research reviewed and extracted previous economic evaluation studies about statin drugs between 2004 and 2020 from scientific database such as Cochrane library, NHS Economic Evaluations Database Medline, PubMed, Google scholar, science direct, Scopus. Given that most studies on the economic evaluation of statin drugs were published after 2004, the time interval for the present study was chosen between 2004 and 2020.
The following keywords were applied:
Cost-effectiveness OR cost-utility OR economic evaluation AND cardiovascular disease OR coronary heart disease OR peripheral arterial disease AND statin drugs.
Inclusion and exclusion criteria
The inclusion criteria were based on the PICOTS framework: population: patients with cardiovascular disease. Intervention: statin drugs. Comparator: not restricted. Outcome: quality-adjusted life year (QALY), Life years gained (LYG) and clinical outcome. Time: articles published between 2004 and 2020. Study design: full economic evaluation studies.
After searching for studies, the methodological quality of articles was examined by Drummond's checklist. As [Table 1] shows, this checklist included ten questions that examine the methodological quality of economic evaluation studies regards to the objective of studies, evidence of the effectiveness of the studied program, presence of competing alternatives, identifying important cost and consequences, measuring and valuing of identified cost and consequences, using incremental analysis, using sensitivity analysis, well discussion and conclusion about ICER and usefulness of the results for study context.
|Table 1: Drummond's criteria for the quality assessment of economic evaluation studies|
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Using designed tables, the data were extracted and summarized. To arrange the studies, read the titles and abstracts, and identify duplicates, Endnote X5 software was applied.
| Results|| |
After searching pre-identified scientific databases, totally 576 articles were found. Subsequently, according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria, the found articles decreased to the 125 articles. Finally, after reviewing full text, the screened articles decreased to 26 articles that performed full economic evaluation analysis.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, The results of the systematic review have shown in the [Figure 1].
The results of the quality assessment of the screened articles by using Drummond checklist were represented in [Table 2]. Based on [Table 2], many articles related to the economic evaluation of statin drugs adhered international standards for performing economic evaluation studies. Totally, 80% of the studies clearly mentioned the main research question of the study (first criteria). All the studies mentioned the source of effectiveness (the second criteria) and alternative options for the comparison (the third criteria). Atorvastatin and rosuvastatin drugs were the main options for the comparison in the studies. Although the results of the studies were different in some aspects, such as the type of modeling, costs items, and the study perspective, they reached the same results which the use of statin drugs versus no-drug can decrease cost, cardiovascular events and deaths and increase QALY. In [Table 3], the economic characteristic of the studies was represented. As depicted in this table, 6 articles and 19 articles used cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-utility analysis, respectively. 1 study performed cost-benefit analysis. In the CEA articles, 2 articles used life year gain and 4 articles used clinical outcomes as effectiveness measure. Concerning design of the studies, 20 articles conducted by using Markov modeling, 1 article used decision tree modeling and 2 articles conducted alongside a clinical trial. Regarding sensitivity analysis, to decrease uncertainty in economic evaluation, 14 articles simultaneously have performed one-way and probabilistic sensitivity analysis and 2 articles used scenario analysis. Most of the studies (13 articles) applied lifetime approach as time horizon of study. In relation to discounting of future outcomes and costs, most of the studies (11 articles) used 1–3% discount rate and 3 studies used 3.5% discount rate. The number of economic evaluations studies about statin drugs in terms of year of publication was indicated in [Figure 2]. Based on this figure, most of the studies (27%) published in 2017.
|Figure 2: The Number of articles published on economic evaluation of statin drugs, by year|
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|Table 2: Qualitative assessment of English articles using Drummond's checklist|
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| Discussion|| |
In the present study, 26 studies were reviewed, and the results indicated that the most of studies related to the economic evaluation of statin drugs adhered international standards for performing economic evaluation studies. The most weakness in these articles was associated with the 10th Drummond's criteria. Another shortcoming in the articles was related to perspective so that many articles were not able to measure costs based on the study viewpoint. For instance, in the Pandya's study, the study viewpoint was the society, but indirect costs were not estimated. furthermore, most studies applied the Markov model for analysis. Regarding the type of sensitivity analysis, 54% of the studies conducted one-way and probabilistic analysis at the same time in order to handle uncertainty. Sensitivity analysis assists the researcher to determine which parameters are the main factors for the results of economic evaluation.,
The results of the present study indicated that the use of statin drugs versus no-drug for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease can be cost-effective and reduce cost, cardiovascular events and deaths and increase QALY. Lin et al., in their study in Taiwan, showed that lowering the target low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) level from 100 to 70 mg/dL using statin therapy could be cost-effective. their study also indicated that The probabilities of being cost-effective at willingness-to-pay thresholds of one and three gross domestic product per capita ($24,329 in 2017) per QALY were 51.1% and 94.2%, respectively. Jeong et al. in their study in Korea also found that at baseline LDL-C levels of 130–159 mg/dL, the cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) based on the LDL-C reduction rate (CEA-RR) value of rosuvastatin (20 mg) was three times lower than that of atorvastatin (40 mg). In a similar study, about cost-utility analysis alongside RCT in the UK and Ireland, Agus et al. showed that simvastatin was cost-effective for the treatment of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, being related to both a significant QALY gain and a cost saving. Amirsadr et al. also found that the use simvastatin 10 mg for the primary prevention of myocardial infarction (MI) in 45-year men with a 10-year CVD risk of 15% could be highly cost-effective in Iran.
First, due to the heterogeneity of the results of studies, performing meta-analysis was impossible. Another limitation of this review was that unpublished studies such as reports from the department of health technology assessment and health economics department, medical schools, reports from pharmaceutical companies and academic thesis.
| Conclusions|| |
This systematic review indicated that that many articles related to the economic evaluation of statin drugs adhered international standards for performing economic evaluation studies. All the studies clearly stated the source of effectiveness (the second criteria) and alternative options for the comparison (the third criteria). Atorvastatin and rosuvastatin drugs were the main options for the comparison in the studies. Although the results of the studies were different in some aspects, such as the type of modeling, costs items, and the study perspective, they reached the same results which the use of statin drugs versus no-drug can decrease cost, cardiovascular events and deaths and increase QALY. The results were nearly different due to study design, time horizon, efficacy, and drug prices. Moreover, in most studies, the utility value was derived from the literature, which could cause an overvaluation or undervaluation of QALY.
The authors would like to thank all those who cooperated in collecting and analyzing the data.
Financial support and sponsorship
This article was extracted from a research project supported financially by Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, grant's No. 94-04-163-26765.
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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