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Cost-effectiveness of rituximab in follicular lymphoma.
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PMID:  23140274     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In advanced follicular lymphoma, rituximab is currently used with chemotherapy as induction therapy, and as maintenance monotherapy following induction in previously untreated patients and treatment-experienced relapsed/refractory patients. Herein, the authors characterize the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of rituximab in follicular lymphoma, based on the literature review. Rituximab has a favorable safety profile and has been shown to improve progression-free survival, with some evidence of improvements to overall survival, particularly for relapsed/refractory patients. Rituximab has consistently been found to have a favorable economic profile, with cost per quality-adjusted life year falling within standard thresholds for cost-effectiveness. Challenges in cost-effectiveness analysis include the fact that life expectancy for patients with follicular lymphoma exceeds the period of available follow-up data and that treatment pathways are more complex than the model structures frequently used in oncology models. As data accrue and more complex models are developed, the cost-effectiveness of rituximab can be more accurately assessed.
Karissa M Johnston; Corneliu Bolbocean; Joseph Connors; Stuart Peacock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1744-8379     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101132257     Medline TA:  Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC), Vancouver, Canada.
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