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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2014 May;72(5):337-43.

ENCOMS: Argentinian survey in cost of illness and unmet needs in multiple sclerosis.

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  • 1Fleni, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2Instituto Neurociencias de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 3Private Office, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 4Hospital San Bernardo, Argentina.
  • 5Hospital Fernandez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 6SMYL, Argentina.
  • 7Centro Regional Integral de Neurociencia, Argentina.
  • 8Hospital Julio Mendez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 9Fundacion Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 10Instituto Argentino de Investigación Neurologica, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 11Centro Neurologico Integral, Argentina.
  • 12Instituto de Neurociencias Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina.
  • 13Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 14Novartis, Argentina.
  • 15Novartis Latinoamerica & Canada, Argentina.

Abstract

The objective of the study was to assess the cost of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in Argentina categorized by disease severity using a societal perspective.

METHOD:

Cross-sectional study including MS patients from 21 MS centers in 12 cities of Argentina. Patients were stratified by disease severity using the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) (group 1 with EDSS score between 0 and 3; group 2 with EDSS >3 and <7; group 3 with EDSS ≥7). Direct and indirect costs were analyzed for the second quarter of 2012 from public sources and converted to US Dollars.

RESULTS:

266 patients were included. Mean annual cost per MS patient was USD 36,025 (95%CI 31,985-38,068) for patients with an EDSS between 0-3; USD 40,705 (95%CI 37,199-46,300) for patients with EDSS >3 and <7, and USD 50,712 (95%CI 47,825-62,104) for patients with EDSS ≥7.

CONCLUSIONS:

This is the first Argentine study evaluating the costs of MS considering disease severity.

PMID:
24863508
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