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Modelling the long-term benefits of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with Verteporfin for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

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  • David Smith
  • Mike Drummond

    () (Centre for Health Economics, The University of York)

  • Paul Fenn

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Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the United Kingdom and the rest of the western world. It occurs in 15% to 30% of individuals over 75 years of age. About 15% of these patients develop a more aggressive wet form of the disease that causes severe loss of vision. This report contains estimates of the benefits of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with verteporfin therapy using a modeling approach based on clinical trial data. While this report covers only the effects of the treatment, the model built was customizable so that it could be populated with local cost data. This made it possible to use the model to help inform local formulary decisions.

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  • David Smith & Mike Drummond & Paul Fenn, 2002. "Modelling the long-term benefits of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with Verteporfin for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)," Working Papers 187chedp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:chy:respap:187chedp
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    clinical trial; blindness; vision;

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