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The reader can then come to an opinion funded by industry shown in Tables 78 purchase clarithromycin 250mg on line. Of the studies sponsored by companies The input values required to reverse the cost-effectiveness manufacturing newer non-SSRI antidepressants generic clarithromycin 250 mg line, four of six conclusion may be unreasonably high or low clarithromycin 250mg low price, but demon- found the SSRIs to be less cost-effective than or tied with stration that the model is sensitive to input variation in- older antidepressants, and four of six found their own prod- creases confidence in the integrity of the model and in the ucts to be more cost-effective than SSRIs. In both of the reported lack of sensitivity to less extreme variations. For two studies funded by government, the SSRIs were less cost- example, if it is not possible to demonstrate the cost-effec- effective than the TCAs when provisions were made for tiveness of TCAs when the acquisition cost of SSRIs is in- patients intolerant to TCAs to switch. The source of fund- creased 1,000-fold, something is wrong with the model. This simula- ADMINISTRATIVE DATABASES tion was reported very explicitly and so is transparent and could be replicated by others. When the model was repli- Retrospective administrative database studies are a source cated, a design flaw was discovered and unrealistic assump- of data on antidepressant costs and efficacy in actual clinical tions were identified that drove the results (29). In these studies, computerized pharmacy and ser- of the design flaw and substitution of longer treatment vice utilization records are used to analyze cost outcomes lengths recommended by practice guidelines reversed the as a function of clinical assignment to antidepressant. Retro- findings and yielded a cost-effectiveness advantage in favor spective studies are less expensive than prospective trials and of the TCAs. These same corrections could be applied to can be conducted more quickly. However, they are much the other simulations that depended on the early example. These studies are vulnerable to similar significant problems with 67% of the pharmacoeco- 'selection bias. Apparent is relatively common in the studies shown in Tables 78. In general, the longer treatment with antidepres- of changing trends in practice over time (40). As a result, they generally assume a worst treatment period progressively increases the medication ac- case of equivalent outcomes for the newer antidepressants quisition costs associated with newer antidepressants. By and the older antidepressants and then defined the more contrast, much of the greater cost of treatment delivery of cost-effective care as the treatment associated with lower the older drugs is expended early in treatment, in visits overall costs of health care. A newer antidepressant can be 1128 1129 1130 Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress associated with lower overall costs of health care if the higher when care was not so firmly managed, and a higher propor- acquisition costs are more than offset by lower costs for tion of fluoxetine starts may have occurred later in the study other services. This type of cost-effectiveness analysis is period, when visits and hospitalizations were more carefully known as cost minimization. Thus, cost savings in later years could erro- A few of the administrative database studies have con- neously be attributed to fluoxetine that are really a conse- structed proxy outcome measures based on pharmacy refill quence of tighter management. The distribution of fluoxe- data, such as 'number of prescriptions refilled' (41). For tine and TCA starts within the study period was not example, one study used pharmacy claims to determine the reported. This study found have included time of the antidepressant start within the fluoxetine to be associated with longer continuation on study interval as an explanatory variable in the analysis, but medication and costs similar to those of the comparison they appear to have restricted attention primarily to its effect groups. The authors concluded that fluoxetine is cost-effec- on initial selection of antidepressant. No study presents data tive because adherence to treatment guidelines is better with indicating whether health care costs associated with antide- no increment in cost. Other retrospective analyses have re- pressant starts were increasing or decreasing during the ported similar natural course of therapy findings but base study interval, or how a secular cost trend, if present, may a judgment of cost-effectiveness on finding a reduction in have interacted with the distribution of starts of individual overall 'depression-related' health care costs (42,43). We briefly review the designs and results of available Other important limitations in the studies in Table 78. The first study comparing a newer non-SSRI with control antidepres- three studies, which sampled data from 1989 to 1994, found sants. These tables indicate for each study the sample size fluoxetine to be more cost-effective than sertraline or more in the administrative database, the time interval over which cost-effective than sertraline and paroxetine. A type of selec- data were sampled, the type of patient population, the newer tion bias that has been termed launch bias may have affected and control antidepressants analyzed, the stated principal these findings (46). The time frames of these studies over- economic outcome measure, the overall results on that out- lapped with the first year or two after launch of sertraline come measure as interpreted by the authors, and a brief and paroxetine. It is possible that a new antidepressant is discussion of methodologic limitations. One small pilot prescribed for a different type of patient in the early years study is not included in Table 78. Patients selected by their physicians to receive portedly found fluoxetine to be cost-effective in comparison a brand-new antidepressant may generally be more severely with TCAs (Skaer et al. Recent analyses have attempted to Simple vote counting across the studies in Table 78. However, another possibility is shows that the majority have concluded that SSRIs are more that patients selected by their prescribers to receive a brand- cost-effective than TCAs (seven favor at least one of the new antidepressant may on average have been more resistant studied SSRIs, none favor TCAs, and five are ties).

BMJ decision analytic model with results from a naturalistic economic 1995;310:215–218 buy clarithromycin 250 mg lowest price. Economic studies of the treatment J Affect Disord 1994;31:1–18 generic clarithromycin 250mg amex. Antidepressants and suicide economics of depression discount clarithromycin 250mg on-line. The cost of depressants—a key issue in the prevention of suicide: an analysis depression and the cost-effectiveness of pharmacological treat- of 5281 suicides in Sweden during the period 1992–1994. Antidepressant drug tion of pharmacoeconomic analyses—a review of submissions to use in Italy since the introduction of SSRIs: national trends, the Australian pharmaceutical benefits scheme. JAMA 2000;283: regional differences and impact on suicide rates. Decreasing tendency of care systems: treating depression in primary care. Am J Med 1994; seasonality in suicide may indicate lowering rate of depressive 97[Suppl 6A]:47S–58S. The cost of treatment failure for major of SSRIs and TCAs. Mental health economic studies from develop- 669–670. Effect of antidepressant medication psychotropic, antidepressant drugs twice as high in therapy on health care utilization and costs in primary care. AustNZJPsychiatry 1999;33: with antidepressant pharmacotherapy: a retrospective intent-to- 283–284. Economic appraisal of and tricyclic antidepressants: a meta-analysis and investigation of citalopram in the management of single-episode depression. Br J Psychiatry 1997;170: Clin Psychopharmacol 1999;19[5 Suppl 1]:47S–54S. Are SSRIs better than tion of paroxetine and imipramine in depressed outpatients. SSRIs versus tricyclic antidepressants in depressed depression: methods and policies. Depressive Disord 1999;1: inpatients: a meta-analysis of efficacy and tolerability. Adverse effects associ- sant choice on the incidence and economic intensity of hospitali- ated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and tricyclic an- zation among depressed individuals. Administration and Policy in tidepressants: a meta-analysis [see Comments]. Suicide mortality among patients macol Bull 1998;34:409–795. Down-rating pressants in the short-term treatment of major depression. Br J lifetime suicide risk in major depression [see Comments]. The cost of antide- antidepressants for depressive disorder. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors versus tri- of fluoxetine versus tricyclic antidepressants. A prospective multi- cyclic antidepressants: a meta-analysis of efficacy and tolerability. A systematic re- Chapter 78: Cost-effectiveness of the Newer Antidepressants 1137 view of newer pharmacotherapies for depression in adults: evi- treatment of moderate and severe depression in Austria. Cost-effectiveness of ized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, efficacy and safety studies mirtazapine relative to amitriptyline in the treatment of moderate of mirtazapine versus amitriptyline in major depression. Eur J Psychiatry 1999;13: Psychiatr Scand Suppl 1997;391:22–30. Antidepressant pharma- antidepressants: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials cotherapy: economic outcomes in a health maintenance organiza- in treating depression. Economic evaluation treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor or tricyclic of amitriptyline, desipramine, nortriptyline, and sertraline in the antidepressant in drug-naıve¨ depressed patients. In: Jonsson B, management of patients with depression. Cost utility of tiveness of sertraline versus tricyclic antidepressants in primary maintenance treatment of recurrent depression with sertraline care. The use of decision analysis in the phar- coeconomics 1997;11:464–472. Psychopharmacol Bull 1995;31: a medical-offset effect among patients receiving antidepressant 249–258.

Some segre- in the delayed emergence of pathology within intercon- gation analyses have supported transmission through an in- nected CSPT circuitry and in specific behavioral abnormali- completely penetrant autosomal dominant major locus (85 clarithromycin 250 mg sale, ties that are also manifested by individuals with TS order clarithromycin 250 mg mastercard, such 86) discount 500 mg clarithromycin with mastercard, but in other studies, more complex models could not as reductions in sensorimotor gating of the startle reflex be excluded (87). The impact of assortive mating on inheri- (102–106). These early insults may also set the stage for a tance may be particularly strong in TS, based on higher- heightened stress response in adulthood and altered im- than-predicted rates of bilineal transmission (88–90). Approaches using candi- dysfunction, including OCD, schizophrenia, and affective date genes or chromosomal translocations have offered re- disorders, increased life stressors are associated with symp- sults that were exciting but thus far not generally informa- tom exacerbation in TS. Perhaps the most conservative assessment is TS report worsening of tic symptoms during periods of that susceptibility to TS may be determined by a major stress and anxiety (110). A direct assessment of the relation- gene in some families and by multiple genes of small relative ship between stress and tics revealed that anticipation of a effect in others, with a 'dose-effect' of greater susceptibility stressful medical procedure, a lumbar puncture, has been for individuals homozygous versus heterozygous for these shown to produce greater elevations in plasma adrenocorti- genes. Patients with 1690 Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress TS also have been reported to have elevated levels of cere- aspects of OCD and ADHD, this area of investigation has brospinal fluid norepinephrine and corticotropin-releasing become a major public health issue. Importantly, although stress clearly alters CSPT dynamics and increases symptoms of numerous dif- ferent neuropsychiatric disorders, no existing data implicate TREATMENT a specific etiologic relationship between stress and TS. It is well known that group A -hemolytic streptococcal Therapeutic models of TS emphasize the importance of flex- (GABHS) infections can trigger immune-mediated disease ible, integrated biopsychosocial strategies. Flexibility is im- in genetically predisposed persons (112). Acute rheumatic portant because the nature of the disorder and its impact on fever (RF) can occur approximately 3 weeks after an inade- patients and families change dramatically across its course. In addition to inflamma- is often the case that, when families first present for assess- tory lesions involving the heart (rheumatic carditis) and ment of TS, confusion, fear, anger, and embarrassment fill joints (polymigratory arthritis), rheumatic fever can be ac- an 'information void' and are exacerbated by the very pub- companied by CSPT disease responsible for the manifesta- lic outward manifestations of tics, their deceptive 'voli- tion of Sydenham chorea. Patients with Sydenham chorea tional' appearance, and their sometimes socially unaccept- frequently display motor and vocal tics, obsessive-compul- able content. As in Sydenham chorea, antineuronal an- in them a more intense, visceral sense of desperation. Such tibodies have been reported to be elevated in the sera of reactions reverberate throughout the family and affect the patients with TS (68). The familial nature of the illness means that, almost invariably, when a child first manifests symptoms, close rela- It has been proposed that pediatric autoimmune neuropsy- tives (often parents or siblings) are, or were once, also af- chiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PAN- fected; this sets the stage for a range of 'generational' psy- DAS) represents a distinct clinical entity and includes chological consequences for parents, as painful memories Sydenham chorea and some cases of TS and OCD (115). The most compelling evidence that acute exacerbations of TS and OCD can be triggered by GABHS comes from two independent reports that most patients with childhood- Education onset TS or OCD have elevated expression of a stable B- Initially, much of the distress associated with TS can result cell marker (116,117). The D8/17 marker identifies close from a lack of understanding of the illness. Education about to 100% of patients with rheumatic fever (with or without the natural history of TS, emphasizing the involuntary, 'no- Sydenham chorea), but it is present at low levels of expres- fault' nature of certain brain-behavior relationships, is an sion in healthy control populations. Susan Swedo and essential part of the early treatment of this disorder. This her colleagues reported that in children who met PANDAS process can begin in the diagnostic assessment: faced with criteria, GABHS infection was likely to have preceded neu- a set of simple, matter-of-fact questions about tic symptoms, ropsychiatric symptom onset for 44% of the children, many of which are found in printed, standardized scales whereas pharyngitis (no culture obtained) preceded onset such as the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale (118), parents for another 28% of the children. In a minority of cases and patients recognize that other people must have had (31%), neuropsychiatric symptom exacerbations were asso- experiences much like their own. Although these results are intriguing, they are not waxing and waning nature of the illness. An initial clinical compelling with regard to specific immunologic mecha- visit may be precipitated by a recent exacerbation of previ- nisms linking PANDAS and TS. Clearly, independent repli- ously subclinical or tolerable symptoms. Given the cyclic cation and systematic study of this intriguing phenomenon pattern of TS, such periods are often followed by a gradual may provide a basis for the rational design of therapeutic diminution of symptoms, even in the absence of a specific and preventative interventions. One danger of rapidly initiating complete information in this area is underscored by the medication treatment in TS is that a 'false-positive' re- finding that, based solely on the existing minimal data, par- sponse, based on the normal cyclic fluctuation of symptoms, ents are actively seeking for their children invasive treat- will convince patient, family, or physician that a particular ments such as plasmapheresis and intravenous immuno- medication is 'effective. With emerging preliminary findings suggesting the false hope that it creates, can result in unnecessary medi- possible links between streptococcal infections and some cation exposure and side effects and, ultimately, in height- Chapter 117: Tourette Syndrome and Related Tic Disorders 1691 ened frustration when the illness follows its natural course Dopamine Antagonists toward the next phase of exacerbation. Dopamine antagonists, particularly high potency, D2- course and can thereby be a useful basis for interpreting preferential blockers such as haloperidol, fluphenazine, and future medication effects. These critically important: persons with TS can and should be medications may be most useful in patients with severe, expected to live full, productive lives; as many as half of intractable tics, but they also have undesired side effects, these persons will be largely symptom free by the time they causing blunting of cognitive skills, mood, and motivation enter their twenties; and every persons has strengths that (120–121); when discontinued, these high potency D2 must be nurtured and developed and that will ultimately blockers can precipitate withdrawal dyskinesia and signifi- be more significant determinants of life quality and charac- cant worsening of tics (120). In adults, these drugs are ter than are tics or other TS symptoms. Within this broader clearly linked to an increased risk of tardive dyskinesia, al- context, parents and patients should understand that, at though in children, this relationship has not been as clearly present, the benefits of medication treatments of TS are defined. One newer, 'atypical' antipsychotic, risperidone, relatively modest, and the potential social, psychological, is a mixed dopamine/5-HT receptor blocker that is proving and biological side effects are not trivial.

Was the intervention (and comparison) clearly defined? Was the intervention undertaken by someone experienced at performing the procedure? Were the staff discount clarithromycin 500 mg without prescription, place order 250mg clarithromycin fast delivery, and facilities where the patients were treated appropriate for performing the procedure (e discount clarithromycin 250 mg. Were objective (valid and reliable) outcome measures used, including satisfaction scale? Was follow-up long enough to detect important effects on outcomes of interest? Was information provided on non-respondents, dropouts? Was length of follow-up similar between comparison groups? Were the important prognostic factors identified, for example age, duration of disease, disease severity? This issue may be freely reproduced for the purposes of private research and study and extracts (or indeed, the full report) may be included in professional journals 103 provided that suitable acknowledgement is made and the reproduction is not associated with any form of advertising. Applications for commercial reproduction should be addressed to: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK. Fluid overload in hemodialysis patients: a cross-sectional study to determine its association with cardiac biomarkers and nutritional status. Bai Q, Zhang J, Zhang AH, Cheng LT, Duan JL, He L, et al. Role of arachidonoylethanolamine in blood pressure regulation in volume-resistant patients on peritoneal dialysis. Bai Q, Zhang J, Zhang AH, Cheng LT, He L, Fan MH, et al. Roles of human urotensin II in volume resistance hypertension in peritoneal dialysis patients. Castellano S, Palomares I, Moissl U, Chamney P, Carretero D, Crespo A, et al. Risk identification in haemodialysis patients by appropriate body composition assessment. Chen HS, Lee KC, Cheng CT, Hou CC, Liou HH, Lin CJ, Lim PS. Application of Bioimpedance Spectroscopy in Asian Dialysis Patients (ABISAD): serial follow-up and dry weight evaluation. Davies SJ, Engel B, Chan C, Tan BK, Yu ZZ, Asghar R, et al. Breath analysis and the measurement of total body water using isotope dilution – applications in the dialysis clinic. Dekker MJ, Marcelli D, Canaud B, Konings CJ, Leunissen KM, Levin NW, et al. Unraveling the relationship between mortality, hyponatremia, inflammation and malnutrition in hemodialysis patients: results from the international MONDO initiative. Di Gioia MC, Gallar Ruiz P, Cobo G, Garcia Lopez F, Agud Aparicio JL, Oliet A, et al. Body composition changes in hemodialysis patients: implications for prognosis. Impact of hydration and nutrition status on the Watson formula in peritoneal dialysis patients. Hassan MO, Duarte R, Dix-Peek T, Vachiat A, Dickens C, Grinter S, et al. Volume overload and its risk factors in South African chronic kidney disease patients: an appraisal of bioimpedance spectroscopy and inferior vena cava measurements. Fluid volume expansion and depletion in hemodialysis patients lack association with clinical parameters. Characteristics and clinical outcomes of hyponatraemia in peritoneal dialysis patients. Kaysen GA, Larive B, Painter P, Craig A, Lindsay RM, Rocco MV, et al. Baseline physical performance, health, and functioning of participants in the Frequent Hemodialysis Network (FHN) trial. Kwan BCH, Szeto CC, Chow KM, Law MC, Cheng MS, Leung CB, et al. Bioimpedance spectroscopy for the detection of fluid overload in Chinese peritoneal dialysis patients. This issue may be freely reproduced for the purposes of private research and study and extracts (or indeed, the full report) may be included in professional journals 105 provided that suitable acknowledgement is made and the reproduction is not associated with any form of advertising. Applications for commercial reproduction should be addressed to: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK.

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