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POZEN announces results of sponsored study on cardiovascular disease

POZEN announced the results of a POZEN sponsored study at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s 25th Annual Meeting and Expo on April 4, 2013. Ryan S. Clark, Pharm.D., MBA, Health Outcomes and Managed Markets Fellow, Global Health Economics & Outcomes Research at Xcenda, presented the abstract, The Burden of Secondary Cardiovascular Disease in Commercial and Medicare Patients: A Managed Care Perspective. The secondary prevention of cardiovascular events includes the daily use of aspirin. Chronic aspirin therapy is associated with significant gastrointestinal toxicity including dyspepsia, gastric ulcers and GI bleeding, all of which contribute to the disease and cost burden of secondary prevention. The GI toxicity of aspirin can be mitigated by the use of proton pump inhibitors. The Xcenda analysis demonstrated that the prevention of cardiovascular events with aspirin, plus a PPI, compared to aspirin alone is associated with a net per-patient per-year cost decrease of $103 and $145 and a potential overall cost decrease of $1.8M and $11M for a typical one million-member Commercial and Medicare Plan, respectively. The primary objective of the study was to characterize the financial burden of secondary cardiovascular disease and its long-term complications in patients at risk for a secondary cardiovascular event.