Wu JJ, Jia X, Zhao Y, Carrico J, Brodtkorb TH, Mendelsohn A, Lowry A, Feldman SR, Armstrong A. Comparative cost-effectiveness of tildrakizumab and other commonly used treatments for moderate-to-severe psoriasis. J Dermatolog Trea. 2020 Apr 1.

OBJECTIVES: To compare the cost-effectiveness of tildrakizumab with other commonly used biologics and apremilast as the first-line treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis from a US health plan’s perspective.

METHODS: A 10-year cost-effectiveness model was developed to compare the incremental cost per extra month with a Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) 75 response. Patients were assumed to receive one of the treatments evaluated as their first-line treatment at the outset of the analysis. Nonresponders (PASI <75) discontinued their current treatment; 25% went on to receive a mix of topical therapies, phototherapies, and other systemic therapies, while 75% received a second-line therapy before receiving a mix of topical therapies, phototherapies, and other systemic therapies. Direct medical costs were calculated based on drug acquisition, administration, and monitoring costs.

RESULTS: The incremental cost per extra month a patient had a PASI 75 response was lowest for brodalumab ($3,685), infliximab ($4,102), apremilast ($4,770), and tildrakizumab ($5,150), followed by risankizumab ($5,319), secukinumab ($5,675), guselkumab ($5,784), ixekizumab ($5,900), adalimumab ($5,943), ustekinumab ($6,131), etanercept ($6,618), and certolizumab pegol ($13,476).

CONCLUSION: Tildrakizumab was among the most cost-effective first-line treatments for moderate-to-severe psoriasis and was more cost-effective than risankizumab, secukinumab, guselkumab, ixekizumab, adalimumab, ustekinumab, etanercept, and certolizumab pegol.

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