Treatment costs for advanced prostate cancer using luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists: a solid biodegradable leuprorelin implant versus other formulations

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Aim: To compare treatment costs with alternative luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist preparations and determine whether a leuprorelin solid implant is associated with potential cost savings. Patients & methods: A hypothetical population of 1000 prostate cancer patients was apportioned between the three most commonly-prescribed LHRH agonist preparations. Differentiated annual costs for 1- and 3-monthly formulations were calculated for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK (EU5) and Sweden, and compared with the leuprorelin solid implant. Results: Compared with alternative formulations, leuprorelin solid implants had potential annual cost savings/1000 patients of Euro353,000 (EU5) and Euro699,000 (Sweden; 1-month formulations), and Euro259,000 (EU5) and Euro300,000 (Sweden; 3-month formulations). Conclusion: The leuprorelin solid implant was associated with potential cost savings compared with the most commonly used LHRH agonist preparations.


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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • costs, economics, leuprorelin, luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone, agonists, prostate cancer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-453
JournalJournal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch