Economic Impact of a triptan Rx-To-OTC Switch in Six EU Countries

Economic Impact of a triptan Rx-To-OTC Switch in Six EU Countries

2013 PLoS One

Millier, A. | Cohen, J. | Toumi, M. | Volume: 8, Issue: 12, Pages: e84088, economics, France, Germany, Italy, methods, model, Safety, Spain, United States,

INTRODUCTION: Triptans have been safely and effectively used in the management of migraine for more than fifteen years, and it seems reasonable to wonder what would be the economic impact of moving a specific triptan to OTC availability. The objective of this study was then to examine the economic impact of payer policies of a triptan Rx-to-OTC switch in six EU countries (France, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and Poland). METHODS: A decision model was used to model the budgetary impact of a triptan Rx-to-OTC switch from the third-party payer (TPP) and the societal perspectives, using a one-year timeframe. RESULTS: From the TPP perspective, it is estimated that the current overall direct spending on the management of migraine attacks across the 6 EU Member States is euro582 million annually, and that the savings would reach euro75 million (13% of the overall direct economic burden of migraine). From the societal perspective, euro86 million annually would be added. CONCLUSIONS: Given evidence of effectiveness and safety, and given the potential savings, a triptan Rx-to-OTC switch is a reasonable public policy decision

https://www.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0084088 ;PONE-D-13-29296 [pii]