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The challenge arising from the cost of haemophilia care: an audit of haemophilia treatment at Auckland Hospital


, : The challenge arising from the cost of haemophilia care: an audit of haemophilia treatment at Auckland Hospital. New Zealand Medical Journal 116(1180): U561-U561

Aims: To compare treatment patterns in adults and children with haemophilia and to estimate the financial impact of the changing practice of haemophilia care. Methods: A retrospective audit of replacement coagulation factor usage in all patients with haemophilia treated at the Auckland Haemophilia Centre during 2001. Results: A total of 69 males with haemophilia were included in the audit. Twelve children under 16 years old (nine on recombinant products) and six adults (all on plasma products) received prophylactic treatment. The remaining patients used treatment on demand. The cohort included eight patients with factor VIII inhibitors. The estimated cost of replacement products used was around dollar sign3 million for the 23 children and dollar sign2.2 million for the 46 adults. Conclusions: Children with severe haemophilia are predominantly treated with recombinant products on regular prophylaxis, whereas adults are largely treated on demand with plasma-derived products. This is in line with international practice as regular prophylaxis has been shown to improve the quality of life for people with haemophilia and in the long term is cost effective. The problem in the short term is that prophylaxis is significantly more expensive than on-demand treatment. We estimate that the cost of replacement product will increase by at least 5% per annum as the children with haemophilia grow.

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PMID: 14581983


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