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A cost per live birth comparison of HMG and rFSH randomized trials

Connolly, Mark, De Vrieze, Kathleen, Ombelet, Willem, Schneider, Dirk and Currie, Craig J. 2008. A cost per live birth comparison of HMG and rFSH randomized trials. Reproductive BioMedicine Online 17 (6) , pp. 756-763. 10.1016/S1472-6483(10)60402-6

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Abstract

To help inform healthcare treatment practices and funding decisions, an economic evaluation was conducted to compare the two leading gonadotrophins used for IVF in Belgium. Based on the results of a recently published meta-analysis, a simulated decision tree model was constructed with four states: (i) fresh cycle, (ii) cryopreserved cycle, (iii) live birth and (iv) treatment withdrawal. Gonadotrophin costs were based on highly purified human menopausal gonadotrophin (HP-HMG; Menopur) and recombinant FSH (rFSH) alpha (Gonal-F). After one fresh and one cryopreserved cycle the average treatment cost with HP-HMG was lower than with rFSH (HP-HMG €3635; rFSH €4103). The average cost saving per person started on HP-HMG when compared with rFSH was €468. Additionally, the average costs per live birth of HP-HMG and rFSH were found to be significantly different: HP-HMG €9996; rFSH €13,009 (P < 0.0001). HP-HMG remained cost-saving even after key parameters in the model were varied in the probabilistic sensitivity analysis. Treatment with HP-HMG was found to be the dominant treatment strategy in IVF because of improved live birth rates and lower costs. Within a fixed healthcare budget, the cost-savings achieved using HP-HMG would allow for the delivery of additional IVF cycles.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belgium; cost–effectiveness analysis; cost savings; conomic evaluation; gonadotrophins; IVF
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1472-6483
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:10
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/17704

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