Prevenzione e terapia precoce del diabete mellito di tipo II: aspetti farmacoeconomici

Lorenzo Pradelli

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7175/fe.v6i3.839

Abstract

Type II (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes is one of the most widespread chronic patologies in the developed countries and its prevalence in Italy is about 2-3% of the population. Type II diabetes is also associated with several other metabolic abnormalities such as central obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, which contributes to the very high rate of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Therefore Type II diabetes involves a significant financial burden on the health care system. The purpose of this paper is to explain the composition of the healthcare costs of managing people with Type II diabetes and the economic repercussions due to the adoption of an aggressive strategy against the pathology. To carry out this evaluation we considered the CODE-2 (The Cost of Diabetes in Europe - Type II) Study results, the American Diabetes Association Position Statement, the Diabetes Prevention Program and the UK Prospective Diabetes Study. Evidence exists to show that introducing prevention program or an early therapy can avert or delay significantly the onset of cardiovascular morbidity in Type II diabetes patients. According to the pharmacoeconomical criteria, this very desiderable clinical goal is associated to a little increase of the health expenditures, and sometimes also to a costs saving.

Keywords

Type II (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes; Costs; Prevention; Early therapy

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