At the 31st Annual Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, PHAR investigators Ashis Das, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Eunice Chang, PhD, Caleb Paydar, and Michael Broder, MD, MSHS, in collaboration with Amgen Inc., presented their retrospective analysis of treatment patterns for patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis initiating apremilast after a telehealth visit versus an in-person visit while access to care was limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their findings suggest apremilast initiation can be effectively managed with telehealth visits. The poster can be viewed on the PHAR publications page.
A study done by PHAR in partnership with Prothena Biosciences Inc., was presented at the International Society Of Amyloidosis’s XVIII. International Symposium on Amyloidosis in Heidelberg, Germany. PHAR investigators Eunice Chang, PhD, Katalin Bognar, PhD, Marian Tarbox, MPP, and Michael S. Broder, MD, MSHS presented their retrospective analysis of nationally representative hospital discharge data examining the rate of diagnostic hospitalizations of light-chain (AL) amyloidosis and associated high costs and increased utilization. They found that healthcare utilization and costs were particularly high for patients who had not been diagnosed prior to being admitted for an acute event, and that healthcare costs are about three times higher among diagnostic hospitalizations for AL amyloidosis compared to the average US hospitalization. Their poster can be found on the PHAR publications page.
PHAR investigators, in partnership with BioMarin, conducted a retrospective analysis of two large, national databases (NIS and NASS), finding that in a typical year, around 2,000 people are admitted to US hospitals with a diagnosis of achondroplasia at a cost of approximately $40 million. The average achondroplasia hospital admission is almost $8,000 more expensive and lasts two days longer than the national average admission. The manuscript was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research; both the manuscript and the abstract from ISPOR 2021 can be found on PHAR’s publications page.
PHAR investigators, in collaboration with Akcea Therapeutics and Ionis Pharmaceuticals, conducted a claims analysis on patients newly diagnosed with transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) using Medicare Research Identifiable Files, characterizing selected conditions, symptoms, and healthcare utilization during the three years prior to diagnosis. Their findings help fill a gap in the literature on the patient journey prior to diagnosis of ATTR, which may facilitate earlier diagnosis and treatment. The article was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and can be found on PHAR’s publications page.
In collaboration with Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, PHAR analyzed real world utilization of five drugs that were granted accelerated approval and projected the clinical outcomes for those who had access sooner due to the FDA’s Accelerated Approval Program. We found that earlier access to the five drugs sampled impacted over 9 million patients and led to substantial clinical benefits to these individuals. Read the issue brief here.
PHAR’s Sheila Reiss Reddy, PhD, MSc, RPh, Eunice Chang, PhD, and Caleb Paydar, in collaboration with Genentech Inc., conducted an analysis of Medicare and Medicaid claims data to examine the epidemiology of Huntington’s disease (HD), which was published in the August 2022 issue of Neuroepidemiology. Their study is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of the prevalence and incidence of HD among Medicare beneficiaries and prevalence of HD among Medicaid beneficiaries, populations about which little was previously known. Their study found higher estimates of prevalence and incidence of HD than previously estimated, and highlighting opportunities for earlier diagnosis.
PHAR investigators Eunice Chang, PhD, Michael S. Broder, MD, MSHS, Caleb Paydar, and Katalin Bognar, PhD, in collaboration with Amgen, published their claims analyses comparing the risk of biologic initiation between apremilast and methotrexate starters among systemic-naive patients with psoriasis (PsO) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). 2014–2019 claims data from the IBM® MarketScan® Commercial and Medicare Supplemental databases were analyzed; logistic and Cox regression models were used to estimate the likelihood of biologic initiation, and the risk of biologic initiation, during a one-year follow-up, respectively. In both populations, findings show that first-line apremilast users had lower rate of, and longer time to, biologic initiation over the one year following initiation than first-line methotrexate users. The analysis in a PsA population was published in Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews, while the analysis of PsO patients was published in the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research.
At ENDO2022, Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, PHAR’s Ashis Kumar Das, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Cynthia Campos, MPH, and Michael S. Broder, MD, MSHS presented two posters on the ILLUSTRATE study, conducted in collaboration with Recordati Rare Diseases, Inc. ILLUSTRATE is a real-world retrospective chart review of osilodrostat usage in U.S. patients with endogenous Cushing’s syndrome. The first poster describes osilodrostat dosing, titration, and persistence for patients with endogenous Cushing’s disease. The second describes osilodrostat use in a small sample of patients with non-pituitary Cushing’s syndrome. Until now, no information was available describing use of osilodrostat in non-pituitary CS as such use is not yet FDA-approved. The posters can be viewed here, and the abstracts will be published in a supplemental issue of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.
PHAR investigators, in partnership with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, developed clinical consensus on the use of on-demand treatments for Parkinson’s disease (PD) by convening experts to participate in a RAND/UCLA modified Delphi panel. In most evaluated scenarios, panelists agreed on-demand treatment is appropriate for PD patients with OFF episodes, especially for patients experiencing a significant functional impact. A summary of the process and consensus statements were presented as a poster at the 4th Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress today and can be viewed here. The accompanying abstract was also published in the May supplement issue of Movement Disorders Clinical Practice.
PHAR’s Michael S. Broder, MD, MSHS, Sarah N. Gibbs, MPH, and Irina Yermilov, MD, MPH published an article describing how they adapted the RAND/UCLA modified Delphi panel method, which typically relies on an in-person meeting, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual method can be a cost-effective and efficient alternative for researchers and clinicians. Their work was previously presented as a poster at ISPOR’s annual meeting in May 2022, which can be viewed here. The article can be read on the PHAR publications page and in the Journal of Healthcare Leadership.