Title

Phosphorus binding with ferric citrate is associated with fewer hospitalizations and reduced hospitalization costs.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2015

Publication Title

Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Ferric citrate (FC) is a new phosphorus binder shown to increase serum iron stores while reducing intravenous iron and erythropoiesis-stimulating agent usage. Such reductions could lower hospitalization rates and associated costs.

METHODS: Hospitalizations during a Phase III trial were compared between FC and active control (AC). Hospitalization costs were estimated using the 2013 US Renal Data System Annual Data Report.

RESULTS: 34.6% of FC patients were hospitalized at least once versus 45.6% of the AC group (risk reduction 24.2%; p = 0.02). There were 181 unique hospitalizations in the FC group versus 239 in the AC group, for a difference of 58 hospitalizations. Total potential savings was US$ 867,622 in hospitalization costs in the FC group. If the hospitalization reduction in our study was applied to the general end-stage renal disease population, this could translate into a savings of US$ 3002/patient/year.

CONCLUSIONS: Patients receiving FC experienced fewer hospitalizations with the potential for significant savings.

Medical Subject Headings

Adult; Chelating Agents; Cost Savings; Ferric Compounds; Hospital Costs; Hospitalization; Humans; Kidney Failure, Chronic; Phosphorus; Renal Dialysis

PubMed ID

25495878

Volume

15

Issue

3

First Page

545

Last Page

550

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