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Cost-effectiveness of candidate adjuvanted subunit vaccine for vaccinating U.S. adults not previously vaccinated against herpes zoster

BACKGROUND: Herpes Zoster (HZ) affects one in three adults in the
United States (U.S.) over the course of their lifetimes. HZ is characterized
by a highly painful rash and is associated with a substantial cost burden.
One vaccine is currently marketed in the U.S. to prevent HZ, Zoster
Vaccine Live (ZVL). A non-live adjuvanted subunit vaccine (HZ/su)
for prevention of HZ is under regulatory review in the U.S.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of HZ/su versus no
vaccine and versus ZVL for U.S. adults not previously vaccinated
against HZ aged 60+.
METHODS: The ZOster ecoNomic Analysis (ZONA) model is a deterministic
Markov model. A hypothetical 1 million(M)-person cohort of
U.S. adults not previously vaccinated against HZ aged 60+ was modeled
over their remaining lifetimes from the year of vaccination with
annual cycle lengths. Three different HZ vaccination strategies were
compared: no vaccination, vaccination with HZ/su, and vaccination
with ZVL. The primary perspective was societal, including both direct
medical costs and indirect costs. Model inputs included: demographics,
incidence and disease burden, vaccine characteristics, utilities,
and vaccine costs. Costs and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) were
presented over the lifetime of the cohort, with both discounted 3% per
year. Deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses, along with
scenario and threshold analyses were carried out to explore the robustness
of our findings considering uncertainty about model inputs.
RESULTS: The ZONA model estimated that in the 1M-person cohort,
HZ/su vaccination would reduce disease burden resulting in a gain of
2,291 QALYs at a total societal cost of $27M compared to no vaccination.
This produced an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $11,863
per QALY saved. Compared to ZVL, the ZONA model estimated that
vaccination of the cohort with HZ/su would reduce disease burden
and result in a gain of 1,261 discounted QALYs and societal cost savings
of almost $96M. Sensitivity, scenario, and threshold analyses
demonstrated robustness of these findings.
CONCLUSIONS: For vaccinating U.S. adults aged 60+ who have not
been previously vaccinated against HZ, HZ/su is cost-effective relative
to a no vaccination choice and cost saving relative to a vaccination
with ZVL choice. These findings were robust as demonstrated by sensitivity,
scenario, and threshold analyses.

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Patterson, B., Curran, D., Buck, P., Varghese, L., Oorschot, D., Carrico, J. D., ... Yawn, B. (2018). Cost-effectiveness of candidate adjuvanted subunit vaccine for vaccinating U.S. adults not previously vaccinated against herpes zoster. Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, 24(4-a), S20. [B2]. DOI: 10.18553/jmcp.2018.24.4-a.s1