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3028 A Real-World Study of Pre-Post Annualized Bleed Rates and All Cause Costs Among Non-Inhibitor Patients with Hemophilia a Switching from FVIII Prophylaxis to Emicizumab

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Session: 904. Outcomes Research—Non-Malignant Conditions: Poster II
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEI/DEIA) , Therapies, Clinical Practice (e.g. Guidelines, Health Outcomes and Services, and Survivorship, Value; etc.)
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Katharine Batt, MD, MSc1, Bob G Schultz2*, Jorge Caicedo, MD3*, Christopher S Hollenbeak, PhD4*, Neha Agrawal, BA, MA5*, Sagnik Chatterjee, BA, MA5*, Megha Dayma, BSc, MSc5* and Michael Bullano, PharmD, MS3*

1Sprouts Consulting Ltd., Raleigh, NC
2Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., Chicago, IL
3Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., Lexington, MA
4Department of Health Policy and Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA
5Complete HEOR Solutions, New Wales, PA


Hemophilia A (HA) is a rare genetic disease characterized by a deficiency in clotting factor VIII (FVIII). Persons with HA suffer from spontaneous and traumatic bleeds which significantly impact short- and long-term quality of life. Prophylaxis treatment with FVIII replacement or non-factor replacement (e.g. emicizumab) intends to prevent bleeding episodes. To date, clinical comparisons between FVIII and emicizumab are limited to non-interventional studies and indirect comparisons. Comparisons of costs are limited to cost-effectiveness models or observational studies that include patients with and without inhibitors. An increase in availability of real-world data since emicizumab’s approval in 2018 has created opportunity for comparative outcomes research in the non-inhibitor HA population.


To compare billed annualized bleed rates (ABRb) and all-cause costs (ACC) among non-inhibitor HA patients switching from prophylaxis with FVIII replacement to emicizumab.


This retrospective, observational, pre-post study used the IQVIA PharMetrics® Plus database (2015-2020)—a large longitudinal US commercial health plan database with over 190 million lives. International Classification of Diseases codes (ICD-10), National Drug Codes, and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System were used to identify diagnoses, therapies, and procedures. Males with ≥1 claim for emicizumab who were on prophylaxis treatment with FVIII prior to initiating emicizumab were included in the analysis. Patients who received bypassing agents, immune tolerance induction, or rituximab were assumed to have inhibitors and were excluded. Patients with ≥2 occurrences of any of the following diagnoses were excluded: von Willebrand disease, hemophilia B, acquired HA, or other coagulation disorders.

Annualized bleed rate was defined as billed ABR and represents bleeding episodes that required evaluation, treatment, or procedure resulting in an ICD-10 claim. Therefore, bleeds treated at home and untreated bleeds were not captured. A clinical review of ICD-10 codes resulted in a list of 535 codes used to identify HA-related bleeding episodes (e.g. hemarthrosis). The ACC were calculated as the mean cost per patient per year in 2020 US dollars actually paid by the insurer. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize, and Bayesian models were developed to compare, ABRb and ACC in the pre- and post-switch periods. Bayesian inferences estimated the population mean difference in ABRb and ACC after switching from FVIII prophylaxis to emicizumab. Inferences were conducted by computing posterior probabilities for hypotheses and summarized with 95% credible intervals (CrI).


A total of 121 patients were included with mean age [range] of 25.9 [2-63] years. The majority of patients were over the age of 18 (60.3%), 33.1% were ≥7-18, and 6.6% were <7. The mean (SD) years on FVIII replacement (pre-switch) and emicizumab (post-switch) were 2.5 (1.5) and 1.1 (0.4), respectively (Table 1).


In the majority of patients, ABRb remained unchanged from pre-switch to post-switch (42%) while 38% had some magnitude of improvement, and 20% experienced a worsening of ABRb. The mean observed ABRb and ACC were 0.68 and $518,151, respectively, in the pre-switch period, and 0.55 and $652,679, respectively, in the post-switch period.

Bayesian Model

The Bayesian model demonstrated a mean change in ABRb of -0.128 [95% CrI: -0.441 to 0.184] after switch (Table 2). The mean change in ACC was +$159,680 [95% CrI: $74,842 to $247,841] after switch. The model determined there is a 21.0% probability ABRb will worsen after switch and a 99.9% probability ACC will increase after switch.


Prophylaxis with FVIII replacement and emicizumab result in similar prevention of billed bleeds in a real-world switch population. Although the population mean ABRb is more likely to fall after switching from FVIII replacement to emicizumab, there is only a 1.02% posterior probability the population mean ABRb will fall by ≥0.5 after switching to emicizumab and a 21.0% probability the ABRb will worsen after switch. Additionaly, ACC are almost certain to substantially increase after switching to emicizumab (99.9%). As additional real-world data becomes available in the non-inhibitor HA population, further research should help to strengthen clinical and economic outcomes for different prophylaxis treatment options.

Disclosures: Batt: Sanofi: Current equity holder in publicly-traded company; Bayer Therapeutics: Consultancy; Sprouts Consulting: Other: CEO, Principal Consultant; Merck: Current equity holder in publicly-traded company; Forma: Consultancy, Current equity holder in publicly-traded company; Precision Health: Consultancy; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.: Consultancy. Schultz: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.: Current Employment, Current holder of individual stocks in a privately-held company. Caicedo: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.: Current Employment, Current holder of individual stocks in a privately-held company, Current holder of stock options in a privately-held company. Hollenbeak: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.: Consultancy. Agrawal: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.: Consultancy. Chatterjee: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.: Consultancy. Dayma: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.: Consultancy. Bullano: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.: Current Employment, Current holder of individual stocks in a privately-held company.

*signifies non-member of ASH