Cost-effectiveness analysis comparing liposomal anthracyclines in the treatment of AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma

Charles L. Bennett*, Robert M. Golub, Tammy J. Stinson, David M. Aboulafia, Jamie Von Roenn, Johannes Bogner, Franc D. Goebel, Simon Stewart

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Liposomal formulations have been shown to alter the efficacy and toxicity profiles of anthracylines for patients with HIV-related advanced Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Using decision-analysis models, the costs and cost- effectiveness of the two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved liposomal formulations of these agents were estimated. Estimates of costs, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness were derived from clinical trial data of separate, randomized phase III trials of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (20 mg/m2 every 3 weeks) and liposomal daunorubicin (40 mg/m2 every 2 weeks). Clinical response rates were 59% for pegylated liposomal doxorubicin and 25% for liposomal daunorubicin. Despite higher acquisition costs for pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, total estimated costs of treatment for KS and chemotherapy-related hematologic toxicities were similar ($7,066 U.S. compared with $6,621 U.S. for liposomal daunorubicin). Cost-effectiveness profiles, defined as average costs per responder, favored pegylated liposomal doxombicin ($11,976 U.S./responder versus $26,483 U.S./responder for liposomal daunorubicin), reflecting the higher reported response rate in the phase III trial. Sensitivity analyses suggested that the costs and cost- effectiveness results would not differ markedly when evaluated over a range of assumptions, including response rate, neutropenia rate, and dosage variations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-465
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 15 1998


  • AIDS
  • Cost- effectiveness
  • Daunorubicin
  • Doxorubicin
  • Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Liposomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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