BACKGROUND: The EUropean trial on Reduction Of cardiac events with Perindopril in stable coronary Artery disease (EUROPA) trial has recently reported. OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost effectiveness of perindopril in stable coronary heart disease in the UK. METHODS: Clinical and resource use data were taken from the EUROPA trial. Costs included drugs and hospitalisations. Health-related quality of life values were taken from published sources. A cost-effectiveness analysis is presented as a function of the risk of a primary event (non-fatal myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest or cardiovascular death) in order to identify people for whom treatment offers greatest value for money. RESULTS: The median incremental cost of perindopril for each quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained across the heterogeneous population of EUROPA was estimated as 9700 pounds(interquartile range 6400-14,200 pounds). Overall, 88% of the EUROPA population had an estimated cost per QALY below 20,000 pounds and 97% below 30,000 pounds. For a threshold value of cost effectiveness of 30,000 pounds per QALY gained, treatment of people representing the 25th, 50th (median) and 75th centiles of the cost effectiveness distribution for perindopril has a probability of 0.999, 0.99 and 0.93 of being cost effective, respectively. Cost effectiveness was strongly related to higher risk of a primary event under standard care. CONCLUSIONS: Whether the use of perindopril can be considered cost effective depends on the threshold value of cost effectiveness of healthcare systems. For the large majority of patients included in EUROPA, the incremental cost per QALY gained was lower than the apparent threshold used by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/hrt.2005.086728

Type

Journal article

Journal

Heart

Publication Date

09/2007

Volume

93

Pages

1081 - 1086

Keywords

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, Cardiovascular Agents, Cardiovascular Diseases, Coronary Disease, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Drug Costs, Europe, Female, Health Care Costs, Hospitalization, Humans, Length of Stay, Male, Middle Aged, Perindopril, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, Risk Assessment