Session Type: Poster Session (Tuesday)
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Background/Purpose: In recent years, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) treatment options have expanded to include biologics such as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) and non-TNF inhibitors (non-TNFi). While several studies have characterized utilization of these drugs in adults, few have done so in pediatric and adolescent settings. In this study, we aimed to characterize the trends in biologic utilization among patients with oligoarticular and polyarticular arthritis in the United States.
Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis using a large US commercial insurance database to identify patients with a diagnosis of JIA between January 1, 1997 and October 19, 2018. To identify cases of oligoarticular and polyarticular JIA, we included diagnosis codes for JIA (ICD-9 714.3; ICD-10 M08) or rheumatoid arthritis (ICD-9 714.x; ICD-10 M06) under age 20. We identified biologic therapies claims by biologic generic names that included: TNFi drugs: etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, golimumab and certolizumab pegol and non-TNFi drugs: tocilizumab, abatacept and rituximab. Prescription patterns (initiation, switches, and persistence) were described overall, and by drug.
Results: A total of 29,537 unique biologic prescriptions were identified, with prescription volume increasingly steadily over the years examined. Approximately three-fifths (59%) of prescriptions were for females, and the median age of biologic recipients was 16 years (interquartile range 13-18 years). Etanercept accounted for approximately 41% of total prescriptions and increased relatively steadily between 1998 and 2018, whereas adalimumab accounted for more than half (54%) of total prescriptions and increased gradually between 2002 and 2007, moderately between 2007 and 2014 and sharply between 2014 and 2018. Certolizumab pegol, while not approved for use in JIA in the US, comprised approximately 3% of all biologic prescriptions, while other biologics accounted for less than 1% of total volume observed.
Conclusion: To our knowledge, this study is one of the first to examine long-term trends in the biologic treatment of oligoarticular and polyarticular JIA in the US. During the examination period the market was dominated by etanercept and adalimumab with a trend toward a sharp increase of adalimumab use starting in 2014.Further analyses will examine patient-level factors associated with biologic initiation, adherence and persistence in children and adolescents with JIA, as well as the effect that utilization management strategies, clinician and patient preferences may have on the patterns observed.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Basodan D, Andersen K, Li X, Curtis J, Alexander G. Utilization of Biologic Treatments in Oligoarticular and Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2019; 71 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/utilization-of-biologic-treatments-in-oligoarticular-and-polyarticular-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis/. Accessed June 5, 2020.
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