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Healthcare utilization and indirect cost of treatment associated with severe allergic asthma in a real-world setting

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Background

With an estimated 300 million individuals affected worldwide, asthma is associated with substantial social and economic burden. The cost of treating uncontrolled severe allergic asthma (SAA) is high encompassing a variety of direct medical costs and indirect costs. We present data on real-world healthcare utilization (direct) and school/work absence (indirect) in uncontrolled SAA patients receiving omalizumab in the eXpeRience registry.

Methods

eXpeRience was a 2-year, global, single-arm, observational registry. Data were collected on real-world effectiveness, safety and use of omalizumab in patients with uncontrolled SAA. Asthma-related healthcare utilization (hospitalizations, emergency room visits or unscheduled doctor visits) and number of days missed from school/work were recorded.

Results

The intent-to-treat population comprised 916 (97.1%) patients. Compared with the pre-treatment period, there were reductions in healthcare utilization and school/work absence after 12 and 24 months of omalizumab treatment.

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Correspondence to Robert Maykut.

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Braunstahl, G., Deenstra, M., Canvin, J. et al. Healthcare utilization and indirect cost of treatment associated with severe allergic asthma in a real-world setting. Clin Transl Allergy 3, P1 (2013) doi:10.1186/2045-7022-3-S1-P1

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Keywords

  • Emergency Room
  • Medical Cost
  • Indirect Cost
  • Economic Burden
  • Healthcare Utilization