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The cost reduction in hospitalization associated with paliperidone palmitate in the People’s Republic of China, Korea, and Malaysia

Authors Chiou C, Wang B, Caldwell R, Furnback W, Lee J, Kothandaraman N, Lee S, Wang J, Zhang F

Received 16 April 2015

Accepted for publication 12 June 2015

Published 5 August 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 1989—1994

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S86722

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Ryouhei Ishii

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder


Chiun-Fang Chiou,1 Bruce CM Wang,2 Ronald Caldwell,3 Wesley Furnback,2 Jung-Sun Lee,4 Nathan Kothandaraman,5 SunKyoung Lee,6 Jin Wang,7 Fan Zhang8

1Regional Market Access, Janssen Asia-Pacific, Singapore; 2Elysia Group, LLC, Taipei, Taiwan; 3Department of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; 4Department of Psychiatry, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea; 5Government Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Sdn Bhd, Selangor, Malaysia; 6Market Access, Janssen Korea Ltd, Seoul, Korea; 7Strategy and Development, Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd, 8Medical Affairs, Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Background: Schizophrenia results in substantial health care utilization costs. Much of these costs can be attributed to health care use resulting from nonadherence to treatment, relapse, and hospitalization.
Aims of the study: The objective of this research is to further estimate the health care resource utilization costs of patients with schizophrenia in the People’s Republic of China, Korea, and Malaysia with a specific focus on the reduction in hospitalization costs associated with the use of long-acting, injectable paliperidone palmitate (PP) relative to alternative treatment medications.
Methods: The study focuses exclusively on the estimated reduction in hospitalization days following treatment with PP and the potential associated cost savings. Cost analysis was done using a payer’s perspective and only includes direct health care costs associated with hospitalization. Localized cost data were taken from published sources, and health care utilization was estimated based on a clinical study conducted in countries in the Asia-Pacific region. People’s Republic of China, Korea, and Malaysia had the highest number of patients enrolled in the clinical study, and thus were chosen for this research. Analysis looked at 12-month and 18-month periods following initial treatment with PP relative to a retrospective 12-month period utilizing alternative treatment medications.
Results: Results suggest that reductions in hospital utilization cost over 12 months may occur through the use of PP relative to alternatives – ranging from $1,991 for the People’s Republic of China to $6,698 for Korea and $6,716 for Malaysia.
Conclusion: Given the substantial costs associated with the treatment of schizophrenia both worldwide and in Asia, it is important to fully understand the costs and outcomes associated with various treatment options. In this research, we have specifically analyzed the direct health care cost savings associated with hospital utilization for patients taking PP relative to alternative treatment methods. The results suggest that reductions in hospital utilization cost were associated with PP treatment, likely largely due to increased adherence to treatment.

Keywords: schizophrenia, antipsychotic treatment, health economics, cost savings
 

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