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Study details cost-effectiveness of rheumatoid arthritis treatments for Medicare recipients
Date:4/14/2008

hor, Dr. Allan J. Wailoo. Yet, as he acknowledges, this cost-effective analysis does have several limitations. For one, it does not consider whether any biologic agent is cost-effective compared with traditional DMARD therapy. For another, it focuses only on patients with established disease, averaging 7 or more years in duration. Whats more, only very slight changes in the doses of etanercept and adalimumab were documented in the sample of RA patients on which the simulations were based. Increases in doses will substantially influence the cost and cost-effectiveness of biologic drugs, Dr. Wailoo notes, and it is therefore recommended that this issue be monitored.


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