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Long-Term Outcomes of Prostaglandin Analog Versus Timolol Maleate in Ocular Hypertensive or Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Patients in Europe.
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PMID:  21790326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Purpose: To determine the direct costs of therapy over 5 years of a European monotherapy cohort begun on a prostaglandin (PTG) versus timolol in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Methods: A retrospective, multicenter, active-controlled, observational study. Data were abstracted for European patients treated as initial monotherapy in 1996 or afterward, with 5 years of available records. Results: This study included 271 patients (166 on a PTG and 105 on timolol at baseline). The average cost/month/patient over 5 years was $45.47±12.61 for PTG and $31.50±15.47 for timolol (P<0.001, based on German prices). After 5 years, although there was no difference in number of glaucoma medicines prescribed between groups (1.0 PTGs and 1.1 timolol, P=0.41), the timolol group demonstrated a higher intraocular pressure (17.7±2.9 vs. 16.5±3.0 mm Hg, P<0.001), more medication changes (P=0.01), greater incidence of glaucomatous progression (P=0.04), and less patients persistent on original monotherapy (P<0.001) than the PTG cohort. Conclusions: Patients originally on timolol monotherapy have a lower cost of care over 5 years than those started on a PTG. However, timolol patients during follow-up may demonstrate a higher intraocular pressure, more progression, more medication changes, and lower persistency of the original monotherapy.
Gábor Holló; Ulrich Thelen; Miguel A Teus; Luciano Quaranta; Sylvia Ferkova; Nikola Babić; Marta Misiuk-Hojlo; Dimitrios G Mikropoulos; Bartlomiej J Kaluzny; Vassilios Kozobolis; Ingrida Januleviciene; Péter Kóthy; Cristina Camara; Andrea Russo; Patrycja Krzyzanowska-Berkowska; Iwona Cieślińska; Jeanette A Stewart; Michael S Kristoffersen; Lindsay A Nelson; William C Stewart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ocular pharmacology and therapeutics : the official journal of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-7732     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9511091     Medline TA:  J Ocul Pharmacol Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1 Semmelweis University , Budapest, Hungary .
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