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Volume 2018, Article ID 6703963, 14 pages
Research Article

Cost-Effectiveness of Olaratumab in Combination with Doxorubicin for Patients with Soft Tissue Sarcoma in the United States

1RTI Health Solutions, 2nd Floor, The Pavilion, Towers Business Park, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2LS, UK
2Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, IN 46285, USA
3Eli Lilly GmbH, Koelblgasse 8, 1030 Vienna, Austria
4RTI Health Solutions, 1440 Main Street, Suite 310, Waltham, MA 02451, USA
5Eli Lilly and Company Limited, Erl Wood Manor, Sunninghill Road, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6PH, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Lisa M. Hess; moc.yllil@m_asil_sseh

Received 7 September 2017; Accepted 29 November 2017; Published 26 March 2018

Academic Editor: Valerae O. Lewis

Copyright © 2018 Santiago Zuluaga-Sanchez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Standard first-line treatments for advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) have changed little for 40 years, and outcomes have been poor. Recently, the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration conditionally approved olaratumab in combination with doxorubicin (Olara + Dox) based on a randomized phase II trial that reported a significant 11.8-month improvement in median survival versus single-agent doxorubicin (Dox). The present study investigated the cost-effectiveness of Olara + Dox compared with Dox and five other standard-of-care regimens from the US payer perspective. Methods. An economic model was constructed to estimate costs and outcomes over patients’ lifetimes from start of therapy. Progression-free and overall survival were based on survival analysis of patient-level data and a meta-analysis. Adverse-event rates were based on trials. Costs were from published sources. Results. Olara + Dox resulted in an estimated additional 1.27 life-years (LYs) compared with Dox, with an increase in total expected lifetime costs of $133,653. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) was estimated at $105,408 per LY gained; in a fully incremental analysis, all other regimens were dominated (higher costs and lower LYs or a higher ICER). Conclusion. Olara + Dox is cost-effective for STS treatment compared with Dox and other standard-of-care regimens at willingness-to-pay thresholds of $150,000 per LY and above.