Silver Book Fact

Savings associated with t-PA treatment for ischemic stroke patients

A $600 net savings is associated with each ischemic stroke patient treated with t-PA. In 2005, only 2% of all ischemic stroke patients received t-PA. If that percentage was increased to 4% the realized cost savings would be approximately $15 million. If increased to 20%, the savings would be around $74 million.

Demaerschalk, BM and TR Yip. Economic Benefit of Increasing Utilization of Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Acute Ischemic Stroke in the United States. Stroke. 2005; 36(11): 2500-3. http://stroke.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/36/11/2500

Reference

Title
Economic Benefit of Increasing Utilization of Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Acute Ischemic Stroke in the United States
Publication
Stroke
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Demaerschalk, BM and TR Yip
Volume & Issue
Volume 36, Issue 11
Pages
2500-3
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Future Value

Related Facts

  • “Although high cholesterol was recognized as a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease in the 1970s, there were no good ways to reduce it. The best drug available was…  
  • Echocardiography and nuclear imaging are used for provocative “stress” testing of the heart. When combined with other forms of stress, both can identify the presence of coronary artery-obstructing lesions that…  
  • Increased use of non-acute medications in primary and secondary prevention explains about 1/3 of the total reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality since 1950.  
  • Death Rates for Coronary Heart Disease, 1950-1998  
  • Antihypertensive therapy has been associated in clinical trials with a 1/3 reduction in stroke incidence, a 1/4 reduction in myocardical infarctions and a more than 1/2 reduction in heart failure.