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Estimating the Net Value of Treating Hepatitis C Virus Using Newly Available Direct-Acting Antivirals in India (Supporting Datasets)

Citation

Bloom, David; Khoury, Alex; Srinivasan, V. (2021), Estimating the Net Value of Treating Hepatitis C Virus Using Newly Available Direct-Acting Antivirals in India (Supporting Datasets), Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.ncjsxkss8

Abstract

Recently developed direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) have been groundbreaking for their high efficacy across disease genotypes and lack of severe side effects. This study uses a cost-of-illness (COI) approach to estimate the net value conferred by this class of drugs using the cost and efficacy of one of these novel drug combinations, sofosbuvir and velpatasvir (SOF/VEL), recently licensed for generic manufacture in India. This study considers COI of lifetime earnings lost by patients and potential secondarily infected individuals due to disability and premature death from HCV infection. Expected net benefits of treatment are substantial for non-cirrhotic (NC) and compensated cirrhotic (CC) patients (ranging from 5,98,003 INR for NC women to 1,05,25,504 INR for CC men). Increased earnings are not sufficient to fully offset cost of treatment for decompensated cirrhotic individuals but treatment may still be justified on the basis of the intrinsic value of health improvements and other treatment benefits.