2014. Ariza R et al. – [Cost-minimization analysis of subcutaneous abatacept in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in Spain.]


Ariza R, van Walsem A, Canal C, Roldán C, Betegón L, Oyagüez I, et al. [Cost-minimization analysis of subcutaneous abatacept in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in Spain]. Farm Hosp. 2014;38(4):257-65. [Article in Spanish]


Read full article


OBJECTIVE: To compare the cost of treating rheumatoid arthritis patients that have failed an initial treatment with methotrexate, with subcutaneous abatacept versus other first-line biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.

METHOD: Subcutaneous abatacept was considered comparable to intravenous abatacept, adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, golimumab, infliximab and tocilizumab, based on indirect comparison using mixed treatment analysis. A cost-minimization analysis was therefore considered appropriate. The Spanish Health System perspective and a 3 year time horizon were selected. Pharmaceutical and administration costs (Euros 2013) of all available first-line biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs were considered. Administration costs were obtained from a local costs database. Patients were considered to have a weight of 70 kg. A 3% annual discount rate was applied. Deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses were performed.

RESULTS: Subcutaneous abatacept proved in the base case to be less costly than all other biologic antirrheumatic drugs (ranging from Euros -831.42 to Euros -9,741.69 versus infliximab and tocilizumab, respectively). Subcutaneous abatacept was associated with a cost of Euros 10,760.41 per patient during the first year of treatment and Euros 10,261.29 in subsequent years. The total 3-year cost of subcutaneous abatacept was Euros 29,953.89 per patient. Sensitivity analyses proved the model to be robust. Subcutaneous abatacept remained cost-saving in 100% of probabilistic sensitivity analysis simulations versus adalimumab, certolizumab, etanercept and golimumab, in more than 99.6% versus intravenous abatacept and tocilizumab and in 62.3% versus infliximab.

CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with subcutaneous abatacept is cost-saving versus intravenous abatacept, adalimumab, certolizumab, etanercept, golimumab, infliximab and tocilizumab in the management of rheumatoid arthritis patients initiating treatment with biological antirheumatic drugs.