• Evaluation of Newer Drug Therapies for Hepatitis C at a Specialty Pharmacy

      Mathews, Kelly; Patel, Sarjit; Garfunkel, Michelle; Hoehn, David; Thompson, Kayleen; Mathews, Kelly; Patel, Sarjit; College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona (The University of Arizona., 2016)
      Objectives: To compare the SVR12 rates of newer hepatitis C therapies, approved between November 2013 and December 2014, in patients at Avella Specialty Pharmacy to SVR12 rates from published literature. Insurance coverage rates will be compared to determine a difference among insurances. Methods: Data were collected electronically from patient charts utilizing the existing computer system and manually through chart review. A complete data collection form in excel compiled the collected data and included the SVR12 rates by therapy, and sub-analysis data such as demographic and descriptive variables. Therapies included Harvoni, Olysio + Sovaldi ± Ribavirin (RBV), Viekira Pak ± RBV, or Sovaldi + RBV. Demographic and descriptive variables included gender, medical insurance, hepatitis C genotype, fibrosis score, treatment-experienced, treatment-naïve, and adverse effects. Insurance coverage rates were also collected through a separate electronic report. Results: A total of 578 patients were included in the analysis of SVR12 (mean age = 59, 60% male). There were 50% of patients with genotype 1a, 18% had cirrhosis, and 60% were treatment-naïve. The overall SVR12 rate achieved by patients at Avella was not significantly different from published clinical trials (91% vs 91%, p = 0.75). Data for coverage rates included a total of 6,284 patients and revealed that Medicare had the highest coverage rate (85%) while Medicaid had the lowest (30%). Conclusions: Newer hepatitis C therapies used in a real world setting had similar SVR12 rates to published literature. Medicaid had a lower coverage rate compared to Medicare and commercial insurances while Medicare had the highest coverage rate.