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Study Demonstrates That QVAR(R) is More Cost-Effective Than Other Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS) Asthma Therapy Options
Date:9/16/2009

VIENNA, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Teva Respiratory, a division of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA), today announced results from an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of three different inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) in a "real-life" asthmatic population. The study found QVAR(R) (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA), an ICS that is able to effectively treat both large and small airway inflammation, to be on average more effective than CFC-beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) and fluticasone propionate (FP), and intermediary in cost between the two. This "real-life" study followed more than 4,000 asthma patients in the UK for 12 months, and data was presented at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, Austria.

Several short-term, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) demonstrated that QVAR(R) and other ICS therapies, including CFC-BDP and FP metered dose inhalers (pMDI), are efficacious. This year-long "real-life" study was designed to assess the cost-effectiveness of QVAR(R) compared to other ICS therapies in patients identified from the UK General Practice Research Database (GPRD), the world's largest primary care computerized database of anonymized longitudinal medical records. This "real-life" analysis showed that the choice of ICS may impact overall asthma control in the real world, including asthma exacerbation rates.

"ICSs are considered the most effective anti-inflammatory therapy for persistent asthma and are the preferred treatment for initiating maintenance therapy. However, the cost of ICS therapy can be quite high," said David Price, GPAG professor of primary care medicine, University of Aberdeen's Center of Academic Care and lead investigator of the study. "QVAR(R) was on average more cost-effective than fluticasone, and more eff
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