Utilization and costs of lipid modifying therapies following health technology assessment for the new reimbursement scheme in Sweden
2012 (English)In: Health Policy, ISSN 0168-8510, Vol. 104, no 1, 84-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Introduction: A new reimbursement scheme (RS) for lipid modifying therapies (LMT) was implemented in Sweden in June 2009. Products on the market were continued, restricted or excluded in the new RS. The aim of this study was to compare utilization, costs and switching behavior in patients treated with LMT before and after the new RS. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMaterials and methods: This is a quasi-experimental study using data on dispensed LMT and costs from a database on dispensed individual prescriptions in Sweden. Segmented regression analyses were used to assess utilization and costs of LMT. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: Number of patients treated with products with restricted reimbursement increased in level (P=0.0336) following the changes in the scheme, while decreased in level (Pandlt;0.0001) for products excluded from the RS. Patients initially treated with products excluded from the RS discontinued to a greater extent, and switched to higher doses of the same substance or to generic simvastatin. The total annual costs decreased moderately. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: The decreasing trend in utilization of low-dose atorvastatin and rosuvastatin was accelerated and so was the increasing trend in utilization of generic simvastatin following the new RS. Switching to higher doses and discontinuation increased and expected savings were overestimated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2012. Vol. 104, no 1, 84-91 p.
Pricing and reimbursement policy, Lipid modifying therapies, Drug utilization, Health technology assessment, Health economics
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75289DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.10.010ISI: 000299761200011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-75289DiVA: diva2:505903