Cost effectiveness of heart drugs varies widely, study shows

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:922
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The cost effectiveness of treatments for coronary heart disease varies more than 100-fold, a new study shows.

    It found that the cost for each life year gained of aspirin and ß blockers for secondary prevention after a heart attack worked out at less than £1000 (€1500; $2000), whereas the cost of statins used for primary prevention in men aged 35–44 was around £70 000 (Quarterly Journal of Medicine 2007;100:277-89).

    “Large amounts of NHS funding are being spent on relatively less cost effective interventions, such as statins for primary prevention, angioplasty, and coronary artery bypass graft surgery. …

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