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The societal costs of low back pain: data published between 2001 and 2007.

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  • 1Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center, Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy, 421 Wakara Way, Suite 208, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA.


The paper reviews low back pain (LBP) studies with economic implications in order to determine whether the societal cost attributed to lower back pain (LBP) have changed since 2001, a time during which LBP treatment guidelines were updated. A Medline search of publications 2001 and 2007 using broadly defined keywords produced 338 abstracts that were screened, of which 68 potentially relevant articles were retrieved and reviewed. Cost estimates for the management of LBP were high, consistent with the results of review of LBP economic studies published prior to 2001. Pharmacotherapy plays an important role in LBP treatment, although drug cost data in LBP is limited. Newer, more costly agents such cyclooxengenase-2 selective nonsterioidal anti-inflammatory agents will increase drug costs as a portion of total costs, particularly if not used in accordance with treatment guidelines.

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