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New data show patients using avonex reported less sick leave and short-term disability costs
Date:6/2/2008

data involved a total of 311 employees and showed that among the four DMTs:
  • AVONEX patients reported low total sick leave (SL) and short-term disability (STD) costs;
  • Copaxone patients had significantly higher SL ($969 vs. $523) (P<0.05) and STD ($1056 vs. $87) (P<0.05) costs than AVONEX

The absentee portion of the study data involved a total of 273 employees and showed that among the four DMTs:

  • AVONEX patients reported 42 percent less sick leave than Copaxone (2.98 days/year vs. 7.18 days/year; P≤0.01)

About the Study

Records of 785 patients with MS were extracted from the database. Available data was obtained from the 311 patients on a DMT: (IFN-1a IM (AVONEX) n = 156, IFNβ-1b (Betaseron) n = 55, glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) n = 87, or IFN-1a SC (Rebif) n =13), and were followed for one year after their initial prescription. Two-part regression modeling was used to determine the annual cost differences (in 2007 USD) and annual lost time (in days) between cohorts while controlling for demographics, job-related information, geography, and Charlson Comorbidity Index.

"Such reductions in sick leave days, sick leave costs and short-term disability related costs reinforce the real-life benefits and proven clinical efficacy of AVONEX," said Dr. Kitty Rajagopalan, director of Global Health Economics, Biogen Idec. "We pride ourselves on providing a treatment that is not only efficacious, but allows our patients to live a normal life that includes the ability to consistently attend work. Therefore this is an important addition to the body of evidence that demonstrates the impact of MS on patients and the importance of treating appropriately."


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