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Cost-effectiveness analysis of intravenous ferumoxytol for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adult patients with non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease in the USA

Authors Dahl NV, Kaper RF, Strauss WE, Corvino FA, Zivkovic M

Received 19 April 2017

Accepted for publication 19 July 2017

Published 20 September 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 557—567


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Giorgio Lorenzo Colombo

Naomi V Dahl,1 Robert F Kaper,2 William E Strauss,1 Frank A Corvino,3 Marko Zivkovic3

1Medical Affairs, 2Medical & Scientific Affairs, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Waltham, MA, 3Genesis Research, Hoboken, NJ, USA

Ferumoxytol has demonstrated superior efficacy compared with oral iron in treating iron deficiency anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. However, an economic evaluation of ferumoxytol has not been conducted. The aim of this study was to analyze the cost-effectiveness of treating iron deficiency anemia in adult non-dialysis-dependent CKD patients with ferumoxytol as compared with oral iron, alone or in combination with erythropoietin-stimulating agents (ESAs).
Methods: A decision analytic model compared health outcomes and costs associated with 5-week outpatient treatment of adult non-dialysis-dependent CKD patients with ferumoxytol or oral iron, each as monotherapy or in combination with ESAs in the USA. Direct costs include the following: drug acquisition and administration, adverse events, and medical management. Efficacy was determined as mean increase in hemoglobin (g/dL) from baseline over the 5-week period. Clinical inputs were derived from patient-level data from two Phase III randomized controlled trials of ferumoxytol vs. oral iron in non-dialysis-dependent CKD patients, and cost inputs from RED BOOKTM and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data. Sensitivity analyses were performed to identify cost drivers and assess the stability of results.
The 5-week treatment cost was $2,489, $5,216, $1,298, and $4,263 per patient for ferumoxytol, ferumoxytol with ESAs, oral iron, and oral iron with ESAs, respectively. The corresponding incremental costs per g/dL increase in hemoglobin, relative to ferumoxytol alone, were $398, $3,558, and $4,768 per patient. Efficacy was the main driver of cost-effectiveness for all treatments. Adverse event and medical management costs were the principal drivers of oral iron monotherapy costs, while drug acquisition substantially contributed to the overall cost for the remaining treatments.
Conclusion: These results suggest that ferumoxytol is a cost-effective treatment for iron deficiency anemia in non-dialysis-dependent CKD patients over a 5-week period compared with oral iron with or without ESAs. Ferumoxytol is more cost-effective as monotherapy.

Keywords: incremental cost-effectiveness ratio, ICER, health care costs, intravenous iron, iron therapy, erythropoietin

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