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Cost-effective treatment for relapsing MS patients


Key clinical point: Teriflunomide may be more cost effective than interferon beta-1b for relapsing MS patients.

Major finding: Over the course of 20 years, the cost of treatment with teriflunomide would cost $567,767, compared with the cost of treatment for interferon beta of $620,191 for patients in China.

Study details: A Markov cost model was developed for the study. Eleven neurologists were surveyed throughout China about costs related to treatment for RMS including acquisition and administration, patient monitoring, treating relapse, and the management of adverse events.

Disclosures: This study was funded by Sanofi China. Two study investigators reported being employees of the company.

Citation: Xu Y, et al. Clin Drug Investig. 2019 Mar;39(3):331-340. doi: 10.1007/s40261-019-00750-3 .

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