Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

Economic analyses of immune-checkpoint inhibitors to treat lung cancer.

Vergnenègre A, Chouaid C Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2021;21(3):365-371.

: Total lung-cancer-management costs are increasing dramatically. The widespread use of immune-checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) explains this rise in large part and financially impacts healthcare systems. Economic assessment has been adapted to this new challenge.: This review provides an overview of the economic literature on the use of ICIs to treat lung cancer. Numerous papers have been published over the last few years. Cancers analyzed were non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), squamous NSCLC, locally advanced NSCLC, or small-cell lung cancer.: For the majority of patients, ICIs are cost-effective for lung cancer management. However, these results are influenced by the threshold chosen by each of the different countries. Patient selection, treatment duration, and factors predictive of efficacy are mandatory to decrease costs.

MeSH terms: Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Humans; Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors; Lung Neoplasms; Patient Selection; Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
DOI: 10.1080/14737167.2021.1863790