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Relative cost-effectiveness of using an extensively hydrolyzed casein formula containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in managing infants with cow's milk allergy in Spain.

Guest JF, Weidlich D, Mascuñan Díaz JI, Díaz JJ, Ojeda PM, Ferrer-González JP, Gil D, Onrubia I, Rincón Victor P - Clinicoecon Outcomes Res (2015)

Bottom Line: The models also estimated the SNS cost (at 2012/2013 prices) of managing infants over 18 months after starting a formula as well as the relative cost-effectiveness of each of the formulae.The total health care cost of initially feeding infants with eHCF + LGG was less than that of feeding infants with one of the other formulae.A randomized controlled study showing faster tolerance development in children receiving a probiotic-containing formula is required before this conclusion can be confirmed.

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Affiliation: Catalyst Health Economics Consultants, Northwood, Middlesex, UK ; Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College, London, UK.

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Objective: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of using an extensively hydrolyzed casein formula containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (eHCF + LGG; Nutramigen LGG) as a first-line management for cow's milk allergy compared with eHCF alone, and amino acid formulae in Spain, from the perspective of the Spanish National Health Service (SNS).

Methods: Decision modeling was used to estimate the probability of immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated and non-IgE-mediated allergic infants developing tolerance to cow's milk by 18 months. The models also estimated the SNS cost (at 2012/2013 prices) of managing infants over 18 months after starting a formula as well as the relative cost-effectiveness of each of the formulae.

Results: The probability of developing tolerance to cow's milk by 18 months was higher among infants with either IgE-mediated or non-IgE-mediated allergy who were fed eHCF + LGG compared with those fed one of the other formulae. The total health care cost of initially feeding infants with eHCF + LGG was less than that of feeding infants with one of the other formulae. Hence, eHCF + LGG affords the greatest value for money to the SNS for managing both IgE-mediated and non-IgE-mediated cow's milk allergy.

Conclusion: Using eHCF + LGG instead of eHCF alone or amino acid formulae for first-line management of newly-diagnosed infants with cow's milk allergy affords a cost-effective use of publicly funded resources because it improves outcome for less cost. A randomized controlled study showing faster tolerance development in children receiving a probiotic-containing formula is required before this conclusion can be confirmed.

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Expected probability of infants developing tolerance to cow’s milk by 18 months after starting a formula.Abbreviations: AAF, amino acid formulae; eHCF, extensively hydrolyzed casein formula; IgE, immunoglobulin E; LGG, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.
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f1-ceor-7-583: Expected probability of infants developing tolerance to cow’s milk by 18 months after starting a formula.Abbreviations: AAF, amino acid formulae; eHCF, extensively hydrolyzed casein formula; IgE, immunoglobulin E; LGG, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.

Mentions: The probability of developing tolerance to cow’s milk was higher among infants who were initially fed with eHCF + LGG (Figure 1). Also, the probability of developing tolerance to cow’s milk was higher among those infants with non–IgE-mediated CMA compared to those with IgE-mediated allergy.


Relative cost-effectiveness of using an extensively hydrolyzed casein formula containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in managing infants with cow's milk allergy in Spain.

Guest JF, Weidlich D, Mascuñan Díaz JI, Díaz JJ, Ojeda PM, Ferrer-González JP, Gil D, Onrubia I, Rincón Victor P - Clinicoecon Outcomes Res (2015)

Expected probability of infants developing tolerance to cow’s milk by 18 months after starting a formula.Abbreviations: AAF, amino acid formulae; eHCF, extensively hydrolyzed casein formula; IgE, immunoglobulin E; LGG, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.
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f1-ceor-7-583: Expected probability of infants developing tolerance to cow’s milk by 18 months after starting a formula.Abbreviations: AAF, amino acid formulae; eHCF, extensively hydrolyzed casein formula; IgE, immunoglobulin E; LGG, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.
Mentions: The probability of developing tolerance to cow’s milk was higher among infants who were initially fed with eHCF + LGG (Figure 1). Also, the probability of developing tolerance to cow’s milk was higher among those infants with non–IgE-mediated CMA compared to those with IgE-mediated allergy.

Bottom Line: The models also estimated the SNS cost (at 2012/2013 prices) of managing infants over 18 months after starting a formula as well as the relative cost-effectiveness of each of the formulae.The total health care cost of initially feeding infants with eHCF + LGG was less than that of feeding infants with one of the other formulae.A randomized controlled study showing faster tolerance development in children receiving a probiotic-containing formula is required before this conclusion can be confirmed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Catalyst Health Economics Consultants, Northwood, Middlesex, UK ; Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College, London, UK.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of using an extensively hydrolyzed casein formula containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (eHCF + LGG; Nutramigen LGG) as a first-line management for cow's milk allergy compared with eHCF alone, and amino acid formulae in Spain, from the perspective of the Spanish National Health Service (SNS).

Methods: Decision modeling was used to estimate the probability of immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated and non-IgE-mediated allergic infants developing tolerance to cow's milk by 18 months. The models also estimated the SNS cost (at 2012/2013 prices) of managing infants over 18 months after starting a formula as well as the relative cost-effectiveness of each of the formulae.

Results: The probability of developing tolerance to cow's milk by 18 months was higher among infants with either IgE-mediated or non-IgE-mediated allergy who were fed eHCF + LGG compared with those fed one of the other formulae. The total health care cost of initially feeding infants with eHCF + LGG was less than that of feeding infants with one of the other formulae. Hence, eHCF + LGG affords the greatest value for money to the SNS for managing both IgE-mediated and non-IgE-mediated cow's milk allergy.

Conclusion: Using eHCF + LGG instead of eHCF alone or amino acid formulae for first-line management of newly-diagnosed infants with cow's milk allergy affords a cost-effective use of publicly funded resources because it improves outcome for less cost. A randomized controlled study showing faster tolerance development in children receiving a probiotic-containing formula is required before this conclusion can be confirmed.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus