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Exploratory Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for Treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections: Is Linezolid or Daptomycin Favored Over Vancomycin?
Vu M, Smith KJ, Aspinall SL, Clancy CJ, Buehrle DJ. Exploratory Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for Treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections: Is Linezolid or Daptomycin Favored Over Vancomycin? Clinical drug investigation. 2021 Oct 1; 41(10):885-894.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (MRSAB) cause significant mortality, and often require extended antibiotic therapy. Vancomycin, the most common initial MRSAB treatment, carries significant monitoring burden and nephrotoxicity risks. Our objective was to compare the cost-effectiveness of vancomycin and other antibiotic regimens against MRSAB.
We estimated the cost-effectiveness of intravenous antibiotics (vancomycin, daptomycin, linezolid, ceftaroline/daptomycin) for Veterans Health Administration patients with MRSAB using an exploratory decision-tree model. Primary effectiveness outcome was composite of microbiological failure at 7 days and adverse drug event (ADE)-related discontinuation after at least 7 days.
In base-case analyses, intravenous linezolid was the least expensive regimen at 4 and 6 weeks. Daptomycin was more expensive and more effective than linezolid, with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of ~$13,000 (4 weeks) per composite failure avoided. With 6 weeks of treatment, daptomycin was more expensive and more effective than vancomycin (ICER ~$21,000 per composite failure avoided). Vancomycin and ceftaroline/daptomycin were dominated strategies at both 4 and 6 weeks. In one-way sensitivity analyses, vancomycin was favored when its microbiological failure risk was less than 20.1% (base-case: 27.2%), assuming a willingness to pay (WTP) threshold of $40,000/composite treatment failure avoided. In two-way sensitivity analyses, intravenous linezolid was favored if linezolid microbiological failure and ADE-related discontinuation rates were < 22.5% and < 17.3%, respectively. Daptomycin, vancomycin, and linezolid were favored in 50%, 31%, and 17% of 4-week probabilistic iterations, respectively, at $40,000 WTP.
Daptomycin is likely less expensive and more effective than vancomycin or other initial regimens for MRSAB. More data are needed on the safety of linezolid against MRSAB.