Cost-effectiveness analysis of abiraterone, docetaxel or placebo plus androgen deprivation therapy for hormone-sensitive advanced prostate cancer

Pedro Nazareth Aguiar Jr. Pui San Tan Sarah Simko Carmelia Maria Noia Barreto Bárbara de Souza Gutierres Auro del Giglio Gilberto de Lima Lopes JrAbout the authors

ABSTRACT

Objective

To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the addition of chemotherapy or abiraterone to androgen deprivation.

Methods

We developed an analytical model to determine the cost-effectiveness of the addition of docetaxel or abiraterone versus androgen deprivation therapy alone. Direct and indirect costs were included in the model. The effects were expressed in Quality-Adjusted Life Years adjusted for side effects.

Results

Compared to androgen deprivation therapy alone, the addition of chemotherapy and of abiraterone generated 0.492 and 0.999, respectively, in Quality-Adjusted Life Years. Abiraterone led to a Quality-Adjusted Life Years gain of 0.506 compared to docetaxel. The incremental costs per Quality-Adjusted Life Years were R$ 133.649,22 for docetaxel, R$ 330.828,70 for abiraterone and R$ 571.379,42 for abiraterone compared to docetaxel, respectively.

Conclusion

The addition of chemotherapy to androgen deprivation therapy is more cost-effective than the addition of abiraterone to androgen deprivation therapy. However, discounts on abiraterone cost might improve cost-effectiveness.

Cost-benefit analysis; Drug therapy/economy; Hormone therapy/economy; Prostatic neoplasms/drug therapy; Drug costs; Placebos; Public Health

RESUMO

Objetivo

Avaliar a relação custo-efetividade da adição de quimioterapia ou abiraterona à terapia de privação hormonal.

Métodos

Um modelo analítico foi desenvolvido para determinar a relação custo-efetividade da adição de docetaxel ou abiraterona comparada à terapia de privação hormonal isolada. Custos diretos e indiretos foram incluídos no modelo. Os efeitos foram expressos em Anos de Vida Ajustados para Qualidade corrigidos pelos efeitos colaterais de cada terapia.

Resultados

A adição de quimioterapia e de abiraterona à terapia de privação hormonal aumentou os Anos de Vida Ajustados para Qualidade em 0,492 e 0,999, respectivamente, em comparação à terapia de privação hormonal isolada. A abiraterona promoveu ganho de Anos de Vida Ajustados para Qualidade de 0,506 em relação ao docetaxel. O custo incremental por Anos de Vida Ajustados para Qualidade foi R$ 133.649,22 para o docetaxel, R$ 330.828,70 para a abiraterona e R$ 571.379,42 para a abiraterona comparada ao docetaxel.

Conclusão

A adição de quimioterapia à terapia de privação hormonal é mais custo-efetiva que a adição de abiraterona à terapia de privação hormonal. Contudo, descontos no custo da abiraterona poderiam tornar esse tratamento mais custo-efetivo.

Análise custo-benefício; Tratamento farmacológico/economia; Hormonioterapia/economia; Neoplasias da próstata/tratamento farmacológico; Custos de medicamentos; Placebos; Saúde Pública

INTRODUCTION

Prostate cancer is the most common neoplasm among men in Brazil, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.(11. Instituto Nacional de Câncer José Alencar Gomes da Silva (INCA). Coordenação de Prevenção e Vigilância. Estimativa 2016: incidência de câncer no Brasil [Internet]. 2016 [citado 2018 Jun 21]. Disponível em: https://www.inca.gov.br/campanhas/dia-nacional-de-combate-ao-cancer/2015/estimativa-2016-incidencia-de-cancer-no-brasil
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Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) used to be the standard treatment for newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer, also known as hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer. In 2015, two important studies, STAMPEDE and CHAARTED, randomly enrolled patients to docetaxel plus ADT or ADT alone.(22. Sweeney CJ, Chen YH, Carducci M, Liu G, Jarrad DF, Eisenberger M, et al. Chemohormonal therapy in metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015;373(8):737-46.,33. James ND, Sydes MR, Clarke NW, Mason MD, Dearnaley DP, Spears MR, Ritchie AW, Parker CC, Russell JM, Attard G, de Bono J, Cross W, Jones RJ, Thalmann G, Amos C, Matheson D, Millman R, Alzouebi M, Beesley S, Birtle AJ, Brock S, Cathomas R, Chakraborti P, Chowdhury S, Cook A, Elliott T, Gale J, Gibbs S, Graham JD, Hetherington J, Hughes R, Laing R, McKinna F, McLaren DB, O’Sullivan JM, Parikh O, Peedell C, Protheroe A, Robinson AJ, Srihari N, Srinivasan R, Staffurth J, Sundar S, Tolan S, Tsang D, Wagstaff J, Parmar MK; STAMPEDE investigator. Addition of docetaxel, zoledronic acid, or both to first-line long-term hormone therapy in prostate cancer (STAMPEDE): survival results from an adaptive, multiarm, multistage, platform randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2016;387(10024):1163-77.) CHAARTED enrolled 790 patients and found an overall survival (OS) benefit with the addition of docetaxel to ADT compared with ADT alone (median 57.6 months versus 44.0 months, respectively; hazard ratio – HR: 0.61; 95% confidence interval – 95%CI: 0.47-0.80). Similarly, STAMPEDE assigned 2,962 men and found an OS benefit with the addition of docetaxel to ADT compared with ADT alone (median 81 months versus 71 months; HR: 0.78; 95%CI: 0.66-0.93).(22. Sweeney CJ, Chen YH, Carducci M, Liu G, Jarrad DF, Eisenberger M, et al. Chemohormonal therapy in metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015;373(8):737-46.,33. James ND, Sydes MR, Clarke NW, Mason MD, Dearnaley DP, Spears MR, Ritchie AW, Parker CC, Russell JM, Attard G, de Bono J, Cross W, Jones RJ, Thalmann G, Amos C, Matheson D, Millman R, Alzouebi M, Beesley S, Birtle AJ, Brock S, Cathomas R, Chakraborti P, Chowdhury S, Cook A, Elliott T, Gale J, Gibbs S, Graham JD, Hetherington J, Hughes R, Laing R, McKinna F, McLaren DB, O’Sullivan JM, Parikh O, Peedell C, Protheroe A, Robinson AJ, Srihari N, Srinivasan R, Staffurth J, Sundar S, Tolan S, Tsang D, Wagstaff J, Parmar MK; STAMPEDE investigator. Addition of docetaxel, zoledronic acid, or both to first-line long-term hormone therapy in prostate cancer (STAMPEDE): survival results from an adaptive, multiarm, multistage, platform randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2016;387(10024):1163-77.) Median OS seems to be higher in STAMPEDE compared with CHAARTED because men with high-risk localized prostate cancer were also eligible to STAMPEDE.(22. Sweeney CJ, Chen YH, Carducci M, Liu G, Jarrad DF, Eisenberger M, et al. Chemohormonal therapy in metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015;373(8):737-46.,33. James ND, Sydes MR, Clarke NW, Mason MD, Dearnaley DP, Spears MR, Ritchie AW, Parker CC, Russell JM, Attard G, de Bono J, Cross W, Jones RJ, Thalmann G, Amos C, Matheson D, Millman R, Alzouebi M, Beesley S, Birtle AJ, Brock S, Cathomas R, Chakraborti P, Chowdhury S, Cook A, Elliott T, Gale J, Gibbs S, Graham JD, Hetherington J, Hughes R, Laing R, McKinna F, McLaren DB, O’Sullivan JM, Parikh O, Peedell C, Protheroe A, Robinson AJ, Srihari N, Srinivasan R, Staffurth J, Sundar S, Tolan S, Tsang D, Wagstaff J, Parmar MK; STAMPEDE investigator. Addition of docetaxel, zoledronic acid, or both to first-line long-term hormone therapy in prostate cancer (STAMPEDE): survival results from an adaptive, multiarm, multistage, platform randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2016;387(10024):1163-77.)

In 2017, two other studies evaluated the combination of abiraterone plus ADT versus ADT alone for castration-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer.(44. James ND, de Bono JS, Spears MR, Clarke NW, Mason MD, Dearnaley DP. Abiraterone for prostate cancer not previously treated with hormone therapy. N Engl J Med. 2017;377:33851.,55. Fizazi K, Tran N, Fein L, Matsubara N, Rodriguez-Antolin A, Alekseev BY, Özgüroğlu M, Ye D, Feyerabend S, Protheroe A, De Porre P, Kheoh T, Park YC, Todd MB, Chi KN; LATITUDE Investigators. Abiraterone plus prednisone in metastatic, castration-sensitive prostate cancer. N Engl J Med. 2017; 377(4):352-60.) STAMPEDE-ABI randomized 1,917 patients and revealed that combinatory treatment improved OS by 37% when compared to ADT alone.(44. James ND, de Bono JS, Spears MR, Clarke NW, Mason MD, Dearnaley DP. Abiraterone for prostate cancer not previously treated with hormone therapy. N Engl J Med. 2017;377:33851.) Similarly, LATITUDE enrolled 1,199 men and showed that abiraterone plus ADT improved 3-year survival rate by 17%, as compared to ADT alone.(55. Fizazi K, Tran N, Fein L, Matsubara N, Rodriguez-Antolin A, Alekseev BY, Özgüroğlu M, Ye D, Feyerabend S, Protheroe A, De Porre P, Kheoh T, Park YC, Todd MB, Chi KN; LATITUDE Investigators. Abiraterone plus prednisone in metastatic, castration-sensitive prostate cancer. N Engl J Med. 2017; 377(4):352-60.)

Abiraterone is a steroidal CYP17A1 inhibitor that inhibits androgen synthesis in adrenal glands. This mechanism of action is interesting because adrenal gland is the second most important androgen-secreting gland (after testes) and is responsible for androgen secretion among men castrated by ADT. As a result, abiraterone has been studied for the treatment of castration-refractory metastatic prostate cancer before or after chemotherapy.(66. Sternberg CN, Castellano D, Daugaard G, Géczi L, Hotte SJ, Mainwaring PN, Saad F, Souza C, Tay MH, Garrido JM, Galli L, Londhe A, De Porre P, Goon B, Lee E, McGowan T, Naini V, Todd MB, Molina A, George DJ; Abiraterone Global EAP Investigators. Abiraterone acetate for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer progressing after chemotherapy: final analysis of a multicentre, open-label, early-access protocol trial. Lancet Oncol. 2014;15(11):1263-8. Erratum in: Lancet Oncol. 2014;15(12):e528.,77. Ryan CJ, Smith MR, de Bono JS, Molina A, Logothetis CJ, de Souza P, Fizazi K, Mainwaring P, Piulats JM, Ng S, Carles J, Mulders PF, Basch E, Small EJ, Saad F, Schrijvers D, Van Poppel H, Mukherjee SD, Suttmann H, Gerritsen WR, Flaig TW, George DJ, Yu EY, Efstathiou E, Pantuck A, Winquist E, Higano CS, Taplin ME, Park Y, Kheoh T, Griffin T, Scher HI, Rathkopf DE; COU-AA-302 Investigators. Abiraterone in metastatic prostate cancer without previous chemotherapy. N Engl J Med. 2013;368(2):138-48. Erratum in: N Engl J Med. 2013;368(6):584.)

CHAARTED, STAMPEDE and LATITUDE changed the mindset on prostate cancer treatment with their results, creating two additional standard therapies (docetaxel plus ADT, and abiraterone plus ADT) for hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer. For the time being, due to the lack of data comparing abiraterone plus ADT versus docetaxel plus ADT, only indirect comparisons are possible.

The rising costs of antineoplastic therapies makes cost-effectiveness an important issue worldwide.(88. Prasad V, De Jesús K, Mailankody S. The high price of anticancer drugs: origins, implications, barriers, solutions. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2017;14(6):381-90. Review.) With the prospective rise in the use of abiraterone and docetaxel plus ADT, it is important to understand their cost-effectiveness and how prostate cancer treatment costs might be affected.

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of adding chemotherapy or abiraterone to androgen deprivation therapy versus androgen deprivation therapy alone, for patients with castration-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer.

The primary endpoint for this study was the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio defined as the incremental cost for each Quality-Adjusted Life Years gained with the new treatment.

METHODS

We developed a descriptive-analytical model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the addition of abiraterone or docetaxel to ADT versus ADT alone, for patients with hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer. The model considered three initial treatment options (ADT plus abiraterone, ADT plus docetaxel, and ADT alone) followed by post progression therapy and death ( Figure 1 ).

Figure 1
Analytic model of decision

The efficacy of treatments was evaluated in Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALY) using utility values for each health state (alive and without progression, alive after progression taking hormone therapy, alive after progression taking chemotherapy, and died). The utility values of each health state were extracted from literature.(99. Konski A. Radiotherapy is a cost-effective palliative treatment for patients with bone metastasis from prostate cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2004;60(5):1373-78.) Failure-free survival (FFS) and OS of each arm in the model were extracted from the area under curve available in STAMPEDE clinical trials.(33. James ND, Sydes MR, Clarke NW, Mason MD, Dearnaley DP, Spears MR, Ritchie AW, Parker CC, Russell JM, Attard G, de Bono J, Cross W, Jones RJ, Thalmann G, Amos C, Matheson D, Millman R, Alzouebi M, Beesley S, Birtle AJ, Brock S, Cathomas R, Chakraborti P, Chowdhury S, Cook A, Elliott T, Gale J, Gibbs S, Graham JD, Hetherington J, Hughes R, Laing R, McKinna F, McLaren DB, O’Sullivan JM, Parikh O, Peedell C, Protheroe A, Robinson AJ, Srihari N, Srinivasan R, Staffurth J, Sundar S, Tolan S, Tsang D, Wagstaff J, Parmar MK; STAMPEDE investigator. Addition of docetaxel, zoledronic acid, or both to first-line long-term hormone therapy in prostate cancer (STAMPEDE): survival results from an adaptive, multiarm, multistage, platform randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2016;387(10024):1163-77.,44. James ND, de Bono JS, Spears MR, Clarke NW, Mason MD, Dearnaley DP. Abiraterone for prostate cancer not previously treated with hormone therapy. N Engl J Med. 2017;377:33851.) The comparison between ADT plus abiraterone and ADT plus docetaxel used the outcomes retrieved from our recently published network meta-analysis.(1010. Tan PS, Aguiar P Jr, Haaland B, Lopes G. Addition of abiraterone, docetaxel, biphosphonate, celecoxib, or combinations to standard androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC): a network meta-analysis. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2018;21(4):516-23.) A lifetime horizon of 7 years was considered for FFS and OS using an exponential estimate ( Figure 2A and 2B ).

Figure 2
Survival estimates free of failure and overall survival. (A) Failure-free survival exponential estimative. (B) Overall survival exponential estimative

The adverse events caused by each treatment were considered in the calculation of QALY using disutility scores available in the literature.(1111. Doyle S, Lloyd A, Walker M. Health state utility scores in advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2008;62(3):374-80.,1212. Nafees B, Stafford M, Gavriel S, Bhalla S, Watkins J. Health state utilities for non small cell lung cancer. Heal Qual Life Outcomes. 2008;6:84.)

All drug acquisition costs were based on the Brazilian price indices accessed in December 2017.(1313. K@iros. Revistade Ciências e Tecnologias para sua Farmácia. Kairos Preços dos medicamentos constantemente atualizados [Internet]. São Paulo: K@iros; 2016 [citado 2016 Jun 15]. Disponível em: http://brasil.kairosweb.com
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) The costs of post-progression therapies were also considered. Costs related to monitoring costs, adverse event support and end-of-life care costs were considered based on the literature available.(1414. Hurvitz S, Guerin A, Brammer M, Guardino E, Zhou ZY, Latremouille Viau D, et al. Investigation of adverse-event-related costs for patients with metastatic breast cancer in a real-world setting. Oncologist. 2014;19(9):901-8.,1515. Dixon S, Longworth L, Wailoo A. Assessing technologies at the end of life: a review of empirical evidence. Report by the decision support unit about the decision support unit [Internet]. United Kingdom; 2009 [cited 2017 Mar 25]. Available from: http://scharr.dept.shef.ac.uk/nicedsu/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2016/03/DSU-EOL-lit-review.FINAL_.pdf
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Based upon the World Health Organization recommendation, we considered a cost-effectiveness threshold of three times Brazilian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita (approximately R$ 112.000,00 in 2018).(1616. Marseille E, Larson B, Kazi DS, Kazi DS, Kahn JG, Rosen S. Thresholds for the cost - effectiveness of interventions: alternative approaches. Bull World Health Organ. 2015;93(2):118-24.)

We developed deterministic sensitivity analyzes to confirm robustness of our findings. Deterministic sensitivity analyzes considered FFS and OS 95% confidence intervals. In addition, we considered variations in abiraterone and docetaxel costs, indirect costs, and body surface area ( Table 1 ).

Table 1
Deterministic sensitivity analysis parameters

RESULTS

Cost-effectiveness

In the base-case, the addition of docetaxel to ADT compared to ADT alone led to a QALY gain of 0.492. The incremental cost was R$ 133.649,22 per QALY.

The addition of abiraterone to ADT increased the QALY by 0.999 compared to the ADT alone. The incremental cost per QALY was R$ 330.827,70.

Abiraterone plus ADT improved QALY by 0.506 compared to docetaxel plus ADT, with an incremental cost of R$ 571.379,42 per QALY. The base-case findings are summarized in table 2 .

Table 2
Summary of base-case analysis

Deterministic sensitivity analysis

The factors that had the greatest influence on cost-effectiveness were the confidence intervals for OS and FFS. In the case of abiraterone plus ADT versus ADT alone, price discounts when purchasing abiraterone was the factor that led to the greatest impact on the incremental cost and had a significant impact on cost-effectiveness ( Figure 3 ).

Figure 3
Tornado diagram for abiraterone plus androgen deprivation therapy or docetaxel plus androgen deprivation therapy versus androgen deprivation therapy alone

Considering data from the network meta-analysis to compare abiraterone plus ADT versus docetaxel plus ADT, the factors that had the greatest impact on cost-effectiveness were OS credibility intervals, and 50% discount on abiraterone acquisition cost ( Figure 4 ).

Figure 4
Tornado diagram for abiraterone plus androgen deprivation therapy versus docetaxel plus androgen deprivation therapy

Considering the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended threshold, ADT is the most cost-effective treatment in 94% of cases ( Figure 5 ). With an incremental investment of R$ 140.000,00, the combination of docetaxel plus ADT was the most cost-effective treatment in 91% of cases ( Figure 5 ). The acquisition cost of abiraterone made abiraterone plus ADT the most cost-effective treatment, only after an incremental investment of R$ 570.000,00.

Figure 5
Probability of being cost-effective

DISCUSSION

Although the findings of LATITUDE, STAMPEDE and CHARTED trials have expanded the standards of treatment for metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer, their results may lead to a rise in the economic burden of this disease.

Despite cost-effectiveness being an important issue, there are relatively few studies in the literature focusing on this aspect of metastatic prostate cancer therapies.(1717. Norum J, Nieder C. Treatments for metastatic prostate cancer (mPC): a review of costing evidence. Pharmacoeconomics. 2017;35(12):1223-36.) Currently, abiraterone is approved in Brazil only for men with castration-refractory metastatic prostate cancer. Interestingly, a systematic literature review found that most studies concluded that abiraterone is not a cost-effective solution for castration-refractory metastatic prostate cancer.(1717. Norum J, Nieder C. Treatments for metastatic prostate cancer (mPC): a review of costing evidence. Pharmacoeconomics. 2017;35(12):1223-36.)

In 2017, our group assessed the cost-effectiveness of docetaxel plus ADT compared to ADT alone and found that docetaxel should be cost-effective considering patients with newly-diagnosed high-volume metastatic prostate cancer.(1818. Aguiar Jr. PN, Barreto CM, Gutierres BS, Tadokoro H, Lopes GL Jr. Cost effectiveness of chemohormonal therapy in patients with metastatic hormone-sensitive and non-metastatic high-risk prostate cancer. einstein (São Paulo). 2017;15(3):349-54.)

Now, we found that abiraterone plus ADT only became the most cost-effective therapy with an incremental investment of R$ 570.000,00.. Docetaxel plus ADT became the most cost effective in 91% of cases with an incremental investment of R$ 140.000,00. These findings show that − at current costs − docetaxel plus ADT is more cost-effective than abiraterone plus ADT. This conclusion may have a major impact on decision-making processes of the Brazilian healthcare system.

Another possibility could be the combination of both strategies: ADT plus docetaxel (six cycles) followed by ADT plus abiraterone until disease progression. This strategy should improve OS at most by combining benefits from docetaxel and abiraterone. In addition, the first six cycles of docetaxel plus ADT can decrease treatment cost compared with abiraterone plus ADT since diagnosis. However, this strategy has not been assessed in a randomized clinical trial yet and, consequently, cannot be considered in a cost-effectiveness analysis.

Pharmaceutical spending in Brazil has risen drastically over the past decade, with drug expenditures nearly tripling between 2006 and 2013 and increasingly growing.(1919. Chama Borges Luz T, Garcia Serpa Osorio-de-Castro C, Magarinos-Torres R, Wettermark B. Trends in medicines procurement by the Brazilian federal government from 2006 to 2013. PLoS One. 2017;12(4):e0174616.)

Currently, abiraterone is not available in the Brazilian public health system, which serves up to 75% of population.(2020. de Vettori E. 2015 Health Care Outlook Brazil [Internet]. Londres: Deloitte; 2015 [cited 2018 Feb 5]. Available from: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/Life-Sciences-Health-Care/gx-lshc-2015-health-care-outlook-brazil.pdf
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) In order to improve patient’s access to abiraterone, discounts and price changes must be negotiated. Our study found that a 50% discount on abiraterone acquisition cost should decrease its incremental cost to became cost-effective, from R$ 570.000,00 to R$ 150.000,00.

One study assessed the cost-effectiveness of abiraterone plus prednisolone versus cabazitaxel plus prednisolone in patients with castration-refractory metastatic prostate cancer previously treated with docetaxel. This study found that, in the Brazilian private health system, abiraterone was both more effective at increasing QALYs and providing lower costs as compared to cabazitaxel.(2121. Pereira ML, Bahmdouni LS, Pepe C, Teich V. PCN86 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Abiraterone for the Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer Under the Brazilian Private Health Care System. Value Heal. 2012;15(7):A424-5.) The study by Pereira et al.,(2121. Pereira ML, Bahmdouni LS, Pepe C, Teich V. PCN86 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Abiraterone for the Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer Under the Brazilian Private Health Care System. Value Heal. 2012;15(7):A424-5.) is different from ours. First, they assessed the treatment for castration-refractory patients previously treated with docetaxel, while we assessed the treatment for newly diagnosed castration-sensitive disease (median duration of abiraterone therapy 6 months versus 34 months, respectively). Second, they compared abiraterone to cabazitaxel, a third-generation taxane that is as expensive as abiraterone is (R$ 10.071,00 per cycle and R$ 10.625,00 per cycle, respectively).

To enhance allocation of scarce resources, further studies are necessary to identify biomarkers for castration-sensitive patients, who will benefit most from abiraterone plus ADT.

CONCLUSION

We concluded that the addition of chemotherapy to androgen deprivation therapy is more cost-effective than the addition of abiraterone to androgen deprivation therapy. Discounts on abiraterone cost may make this treatment more cost-effective.

New studies may help identify biomarkers for patients who will benefit most from each treatment (androgen deprivation therapy alone, androgen deprivation therapy plus docetaxel, and androgen deprivation therapy plus abiraterone) improving allocation of resources.

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Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    07 Mar 2019
  • Date of issue
    2019

History

  • Received
    7 Feb 2018
  • Accepted
    24 June 2018
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