Cost-effectiveness of prescribing statins according to pharmaceutical benefits scheme criteria.
SS Lim, T Vos, A Peeters, D Liew, JJ McNeil
The Medical Journal of Australia | Published : 2001
OBJECTIVES: (i) To analyse how well Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) criteria for prescribing lipid-lowering therapy identify people most at risk of coronary heart disease (CHD); and (ii) to determine the cost-effectiveness of primary prevention therapy with pravastatin according to these criteria in Australia. DESIGN: (i) Analysis of targeting of CHD risk according to PBS criteria; (ii) cost-effectiveness analysis for pravastatin as primary preventive therapy (40 mg/day), with a 20-year projection from 1999. PARTICIPANTS: (i) Men and women aged 25-69 years from the 1989 National Heart Foundation Risk Factor Prevalence Survey; (ii) Australian men and women, aged 25-85 years, excluding th..View full abstract