Silver Book Fact

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 per patient, per year.

Hill, Jerrold W., Robert Futterman, Vera Mastey, and Howard Fillit. The Effect of Donepezil Therapy on Health Costs in a Medicare Managed Care Plan. Managed Care Interface. 2002; 15(3): 63-70. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11925682&dopt=AbstractPlus

Reference

Title
The Effect of Donepezil Therapy on Health Costs in a Medicare Managed Care Plan
Publication
Managed Care Interface
Publication Date
2002
Authors
Hill, Jerrold W., Robert Futterman, Vera Mastey, and Howard Fillit
Volume & Issue
Volume 15, Issue 3
Pages
63-70
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Economic Value

Related Facts

  • Research breakthroughs that slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease could achieve annual Medicare savings of $51 billion by 2015, $126 billion by 2025, and $444 billion by 2050.  
  • 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…  
  • Donepezil, a new Alzheimer’s medication, increased prescription costs to $1,000 per patient, however the overall health care costs decreased from $11,947 to $8,056.  
  • An Alzheimer’s disease treatment breakthrough that slowed progression and began to show its effects in 2015, would reduce Medicaid costs for people with the disease by $14 billion in 2020–from…  
  • A large set of NIH clinical trials are assessing interventions (including dietary supplements–creatine and coenzyme Q10) that may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.