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Cost-effectiveness of Statin Therapy for ASCVD

Jing Luo, MD1; Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH1
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1Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;314(20):2191. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12919.
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To the Editor Using a microsimulation model, Dr Pandya and colleagues1 found that it was cost-effective to treat more than 60% of all US adults aged 40 through 75 years with a generic statin for primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Using a weighted average of the lowest Red Book wholesale acquisition costs for generic 20-mg tablets, the authors estimated costs of $11 per patient per year for simvastatin, $110 for atorvastatin, and $2277 for rosuvastatin in the base-case analysis.

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November 24, 2015
Ankur Pandya, PhD; Milton C. Weinstein, PhD; Thomas A. Gaziano, MD, MSc
1Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
2Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;314(20):2191-2192. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12928.
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