Treating Pediatric Hepatitis C Infections is Cost-Effective. Plus COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Study

E Greenaway et al. J Pediatr 2020; DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.08.088. Free full text: Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in Young Children Reduces Adverse Outcomes and Is Cost-Effective Compared with Deferring Treatment to Adulthood

Methods: A state-transition model of chronic HCV was developed to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis comparing treatment at age 6 years vs delaying treatment until age 18 years

Key findings:

  • After 20 years, treating 10 000 children early would prevent 330 cases of cirrhosis, 18 cases of hepatocellular carcinoma, and 48 liver-related deaths
  • The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of early treatment compared to delayed treatment was approximately $12 690/quality-adjusted life-years gained and considered cost-effective

My take (=conclusion from authors): Delaying treatment until age 18 years results in an increased lifetime risk of late-stage liver complications. Early treatment in children is cost effective. Our work supports clinical and health policies that broaden HCV treatment access to young children.

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FP Polack et al. NEJM Full text link: Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine

Published data on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

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