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Cost-effectiveness of oral clodronate compared with oral ibandronate, intravenous zoledronate or intravenous pamidronate in breast cancer patients

A Paterson, E McCloskey, J Redzepovic, I Ott, R Gust
Journal of International Medical Research 2008, 36 (3): 400-13
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This study aimed to identify the effects of different bisphosphonates in reducing skeletal-related events, and to determine whether there are any differences in their cost-effectiveness, taking into account their efficacy, safety profile and administration routes. A systematic literature search of databases, such as PubMed and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, supplemented by the latest congress abstracts from meetings of the European Hematology Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology was conducted up to November 2006. Important references in reviews published by peer-reviewed journals were also taken into consideration. Our base-case cost-effectiveness analysis for Germany and the UK showed cost savings for oral clodronate therapy compared with other bisphosphonate therapies. In Germany, costs per patient of treatment with oral clodronate were euro1092.38, euro2360.40 and euro2500.29 less than with oral ibandronate, intravenous pamidronate and intravenous zoledronate, respectively. The UK results were similar, the costs per patient of treatment with oral clodronate being euro841.79, euro2989.99 and euro3669.19 less than with oral ibandronate, intravenous pamidronate and intravenous zoledronate, respectively.

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