Economic evaluation of cladribine tablets in high disease activity (HDA) relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) patients in Lebanon

Published:September 08, 2022DOI:


      • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with high societal and economic burden in Lebanon.
      • Cladribine tablets are a budget saving treatment option for HDA-RMS in Lebanon.
      • Cladribine tablets are the cost-effective treatment option for HDA-RMS in Lebanon.



      Cladribine tablets are a newly launched short course oral treatment approved for high disease activity (HDA) relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS). The current analysis assessed the cost-utility and budgetary impact of introducing cladribine tablets in HDA-RMS patients compared with other HDA-RMS therapies in Lebanon.


      The global cost-utility and budget impact models were adapted from Lebanese National Social Security Fund (NSSF) perspective. The data for the models’ adaptation were retrieved from the literature and validated by Lebanese experts. The comparators considered in the cost-utility model were alemtuzumab, fingolimod, and natalizumab while budget impact analysis additionally considered dimethyl fumarate. A sensitivity analysis was also performed to assess the uncertainty in the analysis.


      The cost-utility results showed that cladribine tablets are an economically dominant therapeutic strategy (i.e., less costly and better quality-adjusted life year [QALY]) compared to all comparators. The cost saving was driven by drug acquisition, administration, and monitoring costs; while incremental QALY gain was driven by differences in delayed Expanded Disability Status Scale progression. Sensitivity analysis showed that cladribine tablets have a high probability (99.3–100%) of being dominant at a threshold of 22,000 United States Dollars (approximately three times of gross domestic product) per QALY gained against different comparators. The budget impact analysis showed that the introduction of cladribine tablets would result in 5.0% to 21.5% savings in the overall budget over a period of five years.


      Cladribine tablets are a cost-effective and a budget-saving treatment option for the treatment of HDA-RMS patients in Lebanon from the NSSF perspective.


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