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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Yun H, Xie F, Delzell E
The comparative effectiveness of biologics among older adults and disabled rheumatoid arthritis patients in the Medicare population.
Older and disabled rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are often not present in large numbers in clinical trials or registries. Using a novel, claims-based clinical effectiveness algorithm with the potential to compare the effectiveness of different biologics among this population using large administrative databases, researchers found that abatacept, adalimumab and etanercept are more effective than infliximab among RA patients initiating biologics.
AHRQ-funded; HS021694; HS023009; HS018517.
Citation: Yun H, Xie F, Delzell E . The comparative effectiveness of biologics among older adults and disabled rheumatoid arthritis patients in the Medicare population. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2015 Dec;80(6):1447-57. doi: 10.1111/bcp.12709.
Keywords: Comparative Effectiveness, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Elderly, Arthritis, Medicare
Yazdany J, Dudley RA, Chen R
Coverage for high-cost specialty drugs for rheumatoid arthritis in Medicare Part D.
The aim of this study was to conduct the first systematic, national investigation of how Part D plans cover biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and to determine patients’ financial burden under current cost-sharing structures. It found that all Medicare Part D drug plans cover at least 1 biologic DMARD, access is highly controlled through prior authorization requirements, and beneficiaries face significant cost sharing.
AHRQ-funded; HS017723; HS016772.
Citation: Yazdany J, Dudley RA, Chen R . Coverage for high-cost specialty drugs for rheumatoid arthritis in Medicare Part D. Arthritis Rheumatol 2015 Jun;67(6):1474-80. doi: 10.1002/art.39079..
Keywords: Medicare, Value, Medication, Healthcare Costs, Arthritis