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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2018 Mar 26

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.18.05753-X

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Real world use of biological drugs in patients with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis: a retrospective, population-based study from Southern Italy in the years 2010-2014

Ilaria MARCIANÒ 1, Maria P. RANDAZZO 2, Paolo PANAGIA 1, Rosanna INTELISANO 1, Carmela SGROI 3, Valentina IENTILE 1, Serafinella CANNAVÒ 4, Claudio GUARNERI 4, Paolina REITANO 2, Edoardo SPINA 1, 4, Gianluca TRIFIRÒ 1, 5, 6

1 Academic Hospital AOU G. Martino’, Messina, Italy; 2 Papardo Hospital, Messina, Italy; 3 Pharmaceutical Department of Local Health Unit of Messina, Messina, Italy;4 Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Messina, Italy; 5 Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Messina, Italy; 6 Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


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BACKGROUND: Biological drugs, such as infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, ustekinumab, golimumab and certolizumab are third-line therapy for psoriasis (PsO) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA), but they may be used at earlier stage in severe forms. This study investigated the pattern of use and costs of biological drugs for PsO/PsA in a large population from Southern Italy during the years 2010-2014.
METHODS: This was a retrospective, population-based, drug-utilization study, using healthcare administrative databases of the Local Health Unit and two hospitals of Messina Province (Sicily) in the years 2010-2014. Incident users of adalimumab, ustekinumab, infliximab, etanercept and golimumab for PsO/PsA were characterized. Yearly prevalence of use and costs, as well as time to treatment discontinuation and switch were assessed.
RESULTS: During the study period, 517 patients received at least one study drugs prescription for PsO/PsA and 304 (58.8%) were incident users, mostly treated with adalimumab (33.6%). Incident users were mostly males (59.8%), with a median age of 49 years. Prevalence of biological drugs users in PsO/PsA increased from 4.3 to 6.9 per 10,000 inhabitants from 2011 to 2014. Pharmaceutical expenditure of the study drugs almost doubled (from 2.6 to 4.7 million euros during 5 observation years). During the first year of treatment, discontinuation occurred in 31.8% of incident users and switch was not infrequent (7.4%).
CONCLUSIONS: Prevalence of use and costs of biological drugs for PsO/PsA substantially increased in recent years in a large population of Southern Italy. Larger uptake of lowest cost biological drugs, and biosimilars whenever available, may help access to the most innovative drugs.


KEY WORDS: Biological drugs - Claims databases - Psoriasis

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Article first published online: March 26, 2018
Manuscript accepted: March 22, 2018
Manuscript revised: January 29, 2018
Manuscript received: August 4, 2017

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Marcianò I, Randazzo MP, Panagia P, Intelisano R, Sgroi C, Ientile V et al. Real world use of biological drugs in patients with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis: a retrospective, population-based study from Southern Italy in the years 2010-2014. G Ital Dermatol Venereol 2018 Mar 26. DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.18.05753-X

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trifirog@unime.it