Rituximab for the treatment of relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Dretzke J, Barton P, Kaambwa B, Connock M, Uthman O, Bayliss S, Meads C
Record ID 32011000920
Authors' recommendations: The ERG found evidence that R-FC delays progression by 10 months (investigators’ assessment) compared to treatment with FC alone in patients who have previously received alkylator-containing chemotherapy or fludarabine alone, are fludarabine sensitive and are considered suitable for treatment with FC. There was no evidence from current data to show that R-FC prolongs survival compared to FC. With no survival benefit assumed in the economic model, the base-case ICER changes from £15,593 to between £40,000 and £42,000/QALY and becomes sensitive to changes in utility. Further modelling around a hypothetical survival benefit found that rituximab would be cost-effective at a threshold of around £20,000/QALY (£30,000/QALY) when a 40% (80%) reduction in survival benefit relative to the manufacturer’s base case was assumed. Further evidence is needed onwhether there is a survival benefit, the extent of this benefit and the associated utilities. Robust evidence is lacking on (a) the effectiveness of R-FC in patients who have previously received FC, R-FC or R-chemotherapy (other) as first-line therapy and (b) the effectiveness of R-chemotherapy (other) as treatment for relapsed CLL.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2010
URL for published report: http://www.hta.ac.uk/2052
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Rituximab
  • Wales
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
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