A cost-minimization analysis of MD-Knee versus hyaluronic acid in patients with knee osteoarthritis


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Title A cost-minimization analysis of MD-Knee versus hyaluronic acid in patients with knee osteoarthritis
Creator Migliore, Alberto
Ravasio, Roberto
Description Introduction: The administration by injection of hyaluronic acid (HA) for 3-5 weeks is effective in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Other products for intra-articular use have been recently introduced for the treatment of OA. Among these, a medical device, MD-Knee, produced by Guna S.p.A.; this study aims to estimate the cost-minimization of MD-Knee versus HA in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
Methods and Results: We performed a cost-minimization analysis (CMA). The CMA was conducted from the perspective of the Italian National Health Service (iNHS). Only direct medical costs (MD-Knee and HA) were considered. We performed a sensitivity analysis to test the robustness of the results. The mean 6-months cost per patient was € 75,00 with MD-Knee and € 185,00 with HA.
Conclusion: From the Italian National Health Service’s perspective, MD-Knee appears to be the cost-saving therapeutic option compared with HA in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Publisher Aboutscience Srl
Date 2020-06-12
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Original Research Article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://journals.aboutscience.eu/index.php/aboutopen/article/view/2141
Source AboutOpen; V. 7 N. 1 (2020): January-December 2020; 16-20
AboutOpen; Vol 7 No 1 (2020): January-December 2020; 16-20
Language eng
Relation https://journals.aboutscience.eu/index.php/aboutopen/article/view/2141/2020
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 The Authors

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