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Cost-effectiveness of ticagrelor in patients with type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease with a history of PCI: an economic evaluation of THEMIS-PCI using a Swedish healthcare perpective

Session Using Data to Drive Policy

Speaker Professor Philippe Gabriel Steg

Event : ESC Congress 2020

  • Topic : e-cardiology/digital health. public health. health economics. research methodology
  • Sub-topic : Health Economics
  • Session type : Best ePosters

Authors : P Steg (Paris,FR), DL Bhatt (Boston,US), SK James (Uppsala,SE), O Darlington (Cardiff,GB), L Hoskin (Cardiff,GB), T Simon (Paris,FR), K Fox (London,GB), LA Leiter (Toronto,CA), S Mehta (Hamilton,CA), RA Harrington (Stanford,US), A Himmelmann (Mölndal,SE), W Ridderstrale (Mölndal,SE), M Andersson (Mölndal,SE), C Mellstrom (Mölndal,SE), P Mcewan (Cardiff,GB)

P Steg1 , DL Bhatt2 , SK James3 , O Darlington4 , L Hoskin4 , T Simon5 , K Fox6 , LA Leiter7 , S Mehta8 , RA Harrington9 , A Himmelmann10 , W Ridderstrale10 , M Andersson10 , C Mellstrom10 , P Mcewan4 , 1Hospital Bichat-Claude Bernard - Paris - France , 2Brigham and Women's Hospital - Boston - United States of America , 3Uppsala Clinical Research Center - Uppsala - Sweden , 4Health Economics and Outcomes Research Ltd - Cardiff - United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland , 5Hôpital Saint Antoine, Sorbonne-Université - Paris - France , 6Royal Brompton Hospital Imperial College London - London - United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland , 7St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto - Canada , 8McMaster University - Hamilton - Canada , 9School of Medicine - Stanford - United States of America , 10AstraZeneca - Mölndal - Sweden ,

On behalf: THEMIS Investigators

Health Economics

The Effect of Ticagrelor on Health Outcomes in diabEtes Mellitus patients Intervention Study (THEMIS) evaluated ticagrelor compared to placebo for the prevention of myocardial infarction (MI), stroke and cardiovascular (CV) death in 19 220 patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and stable coronary artery disease (CAD) with no prior myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke. THEMIS-PCI was a pre-specified subgroup of 11 154 patients who had a history of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) when entering the study. In THEMIS, ticagrelor reduced CV death, MI or stroke, although with an increase in major bleeding compared to aspirin alone, and there was a significant interaction between a prior history of PCI and the net benefit of ticagrelor. In the THEMIS-PCI population, ticagrelor plus aspirin provided a favourable net clinical benefit with a significant 15% reduction in all-cause death, MI, stroke, fatal bleed, or intracranial haemorrhage. 

The objective of this analysis was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of ticagrelor for the prevention of CV events based on the results of the THEMIS-PCI population using a lifetime horizon from a Swedish healthcare perspective.

A lifetime Markov state transition model was developed with health states aligned to the THEMIS trial endpoints. Health state transitions were informed by parametric survival equations fitted to patient level data from THEMIS-PCI population. Treatment discontinuation rates were informed by the THEMIS-PCI population, with all patients assumed to discontinue treatment with ticagrelor after four years. The incidence of bleeding and dyspnoea were modelled as adverse events. Costs (2019 Euros) and utility data were derived from the published literature and the THEMIS-PCI population, respectively, and discounted at 3.0% annually. Probabilistic (PSA) and deterministic sensitivity analysis (DSA) were conducted to quantify uncertainty of key input parameters. 

Treatment with ticagrelor plus aspirin over four years resulted in estimated Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) gains of 0.09 at an incremental cost of €1,891 compared to aspirin alone. The estimated incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) was €19,959/QALY. PSA indicated that ticagrelor was cost-effective in 93% of simulations using a willingness-to-pay threshold of €47,000/QALY and DSA showed that cost-effectiveness was robust to changes in key input parameters (ICER range: €16,504 to €25,012/QALY).

Based on the results of the THEMIS trial, dual antiplatelet therapy with ticagrelor plus aspirin is likely to be a cost-effective treatment compared with aspirin alone for the prevention of CV events in patients with T2DM and CAD with a history of PCI.

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