That is the title of my recent paper in Advances in Therapy along with co-authors Christian Jackisch, Federico Manevy, Suzanne Frank, and Nicki Roberts. This is a case study of the fixed-dose combination therapy of pertuzumab and trastuzumab as a subcutaneous injection compared to previous treatments which were administered via infusion. The abstract is below.
Health technology assessments and value frameworks are becoming increasingly important for clinical decision-making. Most of these frameworks, however, focus on value to payers rather than patients and healthcare providers and may ignore other sources of economic value such as patient and physician time cost, impact on productivity, and direct health system costs. This article focusses on fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab and trastuzumab for subcutaneous injection (PH FDC SC) in the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. We review relevant clinical evidence, examine data on time and resource use of the subcutaneous administration of trastuzumab compared with intravenous treatment and how it can be extrapolated to PH FDC SC, and discuss the value PH FDC SC can bring to patients and healthcare providers. We will also provide our own experiences of PH FDC SC from the healthcare (oncologist, healthcare economist, pharmacist) and patient point of view. The data, combined with our personal experiences, suggest that switching from intravenous pertuzumab and trastuzumab to PH FDC SC could reduce non-drug costs for healthcare providers treating patients with HER2-positive breast cancer through time savings and other economic benefits. Furthermore, PH FDC SC could also save patient time given its shorter administration and post-injection observation time versus intravenous infusions, potentially resulting in reduced productivity loss. These benefits could be applied to other subcutaneous formulations, either currently available or in development.
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