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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Jan;192(1):1-9.

Cost-effectiveness and contraceptive effectiveness of the transdermal contraceptive patch.

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  • 1University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA. sonnenbe@umdnj.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to examine implications of increased perfect use on the cost-effectiveness of the contraceptive patch compared with combination oral contraceptives (COCs).

STUDY DESIGN:

This study compared the patch with low-estrogen-dose COCs. It assumes that the risks of developing a medical condition during use are the same for both the patch and COCs. Differences in net cost and pregnancies avoided during use were modeled. With the use of a pharmacoeconomic model, both methods were compared with a hypothetical reference case of contraception nonuse. The base-case model considered women, ages 15 to 50, in average health in a long-term, mutually monogamous, heterosexual relationship.

RESULTS:

The base-case analysis showed that use of the patch resulted in a savings of 249 US dollars and 0.03 pregnancies per woman over 2 years compared with COCs.

CONCLUSION:

This analysis demonstrated that patch use would be cost saving compared with COC use, resulting in a net avoidance of pregnancy for this population. The cost savings are attributed to reduced costs of pregnancy.

PMID:
15671994
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2004.09.004
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