Comparative Effectiveness of Early Natalizumab Treatment in JC Virus-Negative Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Anschutz Medical Campus, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Mail Stop C238, 12850 E Montview Blvd, V20-1205, Aurora, CO 80045. E-mail: .
The American journal of managed care (Impact Factor: 2.26). 04/2013; 19(4):278-285.
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Objectives: To estimate the long-term comparative effectiveness of first-line treatment in patients negative for anti-JC virus (JCV) antibodies with glatiramer acetate (GA), fingolimod, or natalizumab for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Study Design: We developed a simulation model to estimate the average 20-year clinical risks and benefits of GA, fingolimod, and natalizumab for RRMS patients initially negative for anti-JCV antibodies. Methods: Model inputs included published natural history progressions of the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), treatment effects from randomized controlled trials on slowing disease progression and reducing relapse rates, risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), and utility preference scores. Outputs were long-term risks (PML risk and other non-PML risks), benefits (average relapse rate and time to disability [EDSS >7]), and quality-adjusted lifeyears (QALYs). Results: Compared with GA, natalizumab resulted in 4.6 fewer relapses, 0.6 more years of disabilityfree time, 0.0165 more cases of PML per treated patient, and an incremental 1.2 QALYs gained. Compared with fingolimod, natalizumab resulted in 1.7 fewer relapses, 0.1 more years of disabilityfree time, 0.0165 more cases of PML per treated patient, and an incremental 0.4 QALYs gained. The probability that incremental QALYs favored natalizumab over GA was 0.963 and natalizumab over fingolimod was 0.720. Conclusions: Average QALYs, a measure that aggregates across risks and benefits, favored natalizumab, suggesting more aggressive early intervention with natalizumab in the negative anti-JCV population. For certain decision makers, more evidence may be needed to further reduce the uncertainty in these comparative projections prior to making population-based adoption decisions.

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    ABSTRACT: Using evidence from short-term randomized controlled trials, decision-analytic models project costs, risks and benefits of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for multiple sclerosis (MS). Such trial-informed models lack the breadth needed to generalize to clinical practice or policy due to limitations: lack of DMT switching/discontinuation, limited head-to-head DMT comparisons and efficacy, not effectiveness, designs. We present an illustrative example that incorporates treatment switching and discontinuation by estimating the cost-effectiveness (value) of first-line natalizumab versus second-line natalizumab treatment for relapsing-remitting MS patients negative for anti-JC virus antibodies. Treating JC virus-negative relapsing-remitting MS patients with natalizumab as first-line provided better value compared with second-line. Decision-makers should consider this evidence for treatment step-edit policies through modeling scenarios closer to clinical practice.
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