Silver Book Fact

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Adds QALYs and Saves Money

Fact image

Pietzsch J, Garner A, Marks W. Cost Effectiveness of Deep Brain Stimulation for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease in the United States. Neuromodulation. 2016; 19(7). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ner.12474

Reference

Title
Cost Effectiveness of Deep Brain Stimulation for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease in the United States
Publication
Neuromodulation
Publication Date
2016
Authors
Pietzsch J, Garner A, Marks W
Volume & Issue
Volume 19, Issue 7
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value
  • Economic Value

Related Facts

  • One study found that dopaminergenic therapies for Parkinson’s disease patients resulted in lower dyskinesias as well as lower incidences of freezing, drowsiness, and edema–resulting in better quality-of-life through symptom control.  
  • Researchers have found how to manipulate embryonic stem cells to form dopamine-producing brain cells. This new source of cells could someday be used to replace cells lost to Parkinson’s.  
  • Donepezil, a cholinesterase inhibitor, has been found to slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages, delaying the need for nursing home care by an average of 30 months.  
  • Research shows that use of donepezil leads to a 4-fold increase in drug costs; however, it significantly lowers overall medical costs, reducing medical treatment and prescription drug costs by $3,891…  
  • In one study, Alzheimer’s patients who took donepezil had an increase in their prescription costs of $1,000 per patient, but saw reduced total medical costs of about 1/3–from $11,947 to…