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Haemophilia. 2010 Jan;16(1):33-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2516.2009.02131.x. Epub 2009 Oct 21.

A study of reported factor VIII use around the world.

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  • 1College of Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7229, USA.


The effect of replacement therapy has significantly improved the morbidity and mortality of people with haemophilia A in high income countries, a recent socio-economic development as the availability of safe concentrates has been matched by a willingness for their provision through reimbursement. In the developing world, however, this state has not been achieved, primarily because of the low visibility of haemophilia coupled with its expense, leading to inadequate treatment with its sequelae of severe pain, joint deformities, arthropathy, disabilities, and even death in childhood or early adult life. The objective of this paper was to study the reported factor VIII (FVIII) use on a country-by-country basis. Data on the reported FVIII use for 104 countries were obtained from the Marketing Research Bureau, Inc. and the World Federation of Hemophilia. The results show that FVIII use varies considerably among countries, even among the wealthiest of countries. The use of FVIII concentrate increases as economic capacity increases; in addition, consumption of FVIII has been increasing at a greater rate in high income countries. Given these trends, there probably will be a global increase in FVIII concentrates usage. Such information is critical for national healthcare agencies to determine realistic budget priorities in planning for an increased allocation of resources required to improve the treatment of patients with haemophilia A. This information is also important for pharmaceutical manufacturers to adequately plan for increased production of FVIII concentrates.

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