Cost-utility analysis of genotype-guided antiplatelet therapy in patients with moderate-to-high risk acute coronary syndrome and planned percutaneous coronary intervention

  • Vardhaman Patel
  • Fang-Ju Lin
  • Olaitan Ojo
  • Sapna Rao
  • Shengsheng Yu
  • Lin Zhan
  • Daniel R. Touchette
Keywords: Clopidogrel, Prasugrel, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Polymorphism, Genetic, Genetic Testing, Costs and Cost Analysis, United States


Background: Prasugrel is recommended over clopidogrel in poor/intermediate CYP2C19 metabolizers with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and planned percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), reducing the risk of ischemic events. CYP2C19 genetic testing can guide antiplatelet therapy in ACS patients.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cost-utility of genotype-guided treatment, compared with prasugrel or generic clopidogrel treatment without genotyping, from the US healthcare provider’s perspective.

Methods: A decision model was developed to project lifetime economic and humanistic burden associated with clinical outcomes (myocardial infarction [MI], stroke and major bleeding) for the three strategies in patients with ACS. Probabilities, costs and age-adjusted quality of life were identified through systematic literature review. Incremental cost-utility ratios (ICURs) were calculated for the treatment strategies, with quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) as the primary effectiveness outcome. Relative risk of developing myocardial infarction and stroke between patients with and without variant CYP2C19 when receiving clopidogrel were estimated to be 1.34 and 3.66, respectively. One-way and probabilistic sensitivity analyses were performed.

Results: Clopidogrel cost USD19,147 and provided 10.03 QALYs versus prasugrel (USD21,425, 10.04 QALYs) and genotype-guided therapy (USD19,231, 10.05 QALYs). The ICUR of genotype-guided therapy compared with clopidogrel was USD4,200. Genotype-guided therapy provided more QALYs at lower costs compared with prasugrel. Results were sensitive to the cost of clopidogrel and relative risk of myocardial infarction and stroke between CYP2C19 variant vs. non-variant. Net monetary benefit curves showed that genotype-guided therapy had at least 70% likelihood of being the most cost-effective alternative at a willingness-to-pay of USD100,000/QALY. In comparison with clopidogrel, prasugrel therapy was more cost-effective with <21% certainty at willingness-to-pay of >USD170,000/QALY.

Conclusions: Our modeling analyses suggest that genotype-guided therapy is a cost-effective strategy in patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing planned percutaneous coronary intervention.


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Author Biographies

Vardhaman Patel

Graduate student

Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy

Fang-Ju Lin
Outcomes Scientist
Olaitan Ojo

Lieutenant Commander

DoD Pharmacoeconomic Center

Sapna Rao

Graduate Student

Department of Epidemiology

Shengsheng Yu

Associate Director

Global Health Outcomes

Lin Zhan

Senior Manager

Global HTA

Daniel R. Touchette

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy


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Patel V, Lin F-J, Ojo O, Rao S, Yu S, Zhan L, Touchette DR. Cost-utility analysis of genotype-guided antiplatelet therapy in patients with moderate-to-high risk acute coronary syndrome and planned percutaneous coronary intervention. Pharm Pract (Granada) [Internet]. 2014Sep.4 [cited 2020Jul.11];12(3):438. Available from:
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