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Cost-Effectiveness of Primary Prevention with Statin Treatment for Chinese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes



Statins can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes. The objective of this analysis was to evaluate whether primary prevention with statin treatment is cost-effective for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients in the Chinese context.


An economic analysis of primary prevention with statin treatment was conducted using the Chinese Outcomes Model for T2DM with a time horizon of a lifetime, which was developed and validated based on the Chinese population. Clinical costs and utility inputs were gathered from published sources. Lifetime discounted quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), costs, and the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) were measured. The uncertainty was evaluated by one-way and probabilistic sensitivity analyses.


Statin treatment with atorvastatin 10 mg could add 0.08 QALYs with an additional $1676 compared with that of no statin management (control strategy) over a lifetime horizon, which led to an ICER of $21,924 per QALY gained. At a willingness-to-pay threshold of $27,351 per QALY gained, there was an approximately 80% probability of statin treatment being cost-effective compared with the control strategy. The model outcomes were most sensitive to the length of the expected life and age at the T2DM diagnosis.


Statin treatment with atorvastatin is most likely cost-effective for primary prevention in Chinese patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.


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This work was sponsored by unrestricted grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 71373160), Shanghai Municipal Health Commission (nos. 15GWZK0901, 2016ZB0304, and 2016-40044-002), and Pfizer Inc. The study sponsors had no influence on the study design, data collection, or writing of the manuscript. The study sponsors funded the journal’s article processing charges. All authors had full access to all of the data in this study and take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and accuracy of the data analysis.


All named authors meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria for authorship for this manuscript, take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, and have given final approval for the version to be published. We wish to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive review and many suggestions that have helped improve the final version of the paper considerably. All data generated or analyzed during this study are included in this published article.


Bin Wu has received an unrestricted grant from Pfizer Inc. Te Li, Xu Wan, and Jin Ma have nothing to disclose.

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Li, T., Wan, X., Ma, J. et al. Cost-Effectiveness of Primary Prevention with Statin Treatment for Chinese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Adv Ther 35, 2214–2223 (2018).

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  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Chinese setting
  • Diabetes
  • Statin treatment
  • Type 2 diabetes