, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 51-58,
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Date: 16 Nov 2012

Economic Burden Associated with Extrapyramidal Symptoms in a Medicaid Population with Schizophrenia


No studies have assessed the economic impact of extrapyramidal symptoms due to atypical antipsychotics in schizophrenia. To assess healthcare resource use and medical costs associated with extrapyramidal symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. A retrospective analysis of Marketscan® Medicaid Multi-State Database (2004–2009) was conducted. Patients with schizophrenia and newly initiated on an AAP were included. Patients with and without extrapyramidal symptoms were matched using propensity-score matching. Healthcare utilization and costs were assessed in the 12-month follow-up period using logistic and two-part (gamma) regression models. Of 4,621 patients, 583 (12.6 %) had extrapyramidal symptoms. Patients with extrapyramidal symptoms had significantly more schizophrenia-related and all-cause hospitalizations and schizophrenia-related emergency room visits, as well as significantly higher schizophrenia-specific and all-cause total healthcare, inpatient, and prescription drug costs compared to patients without extrapyramidal symptoms. Extrapyramidal symptoms in patients with schizophrenia is associated with increased healthcare resource utilization and higher medical costs.