Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common and costly urologic condition with increasing prevalence as men age. Cost-effectiveness of ED therapies and whether cost-effectiveness varies for different populations of men remains underexplored.
To review and summarize available published data on the economic evaluation of ED therapies and to identify gaps in the literature that still need to be addressed.
All relevant peer-reviewed publications and conference abstracts were reviewed and incorporated.
There are a number of medical and surgical treatment options available for ED. The economic evaluation of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, particularly sildenafil, has been well described. However, minimal research has been conducted to assess the cost-effectiveness of intracavernosal injections, intraurethral suppositories, penile prosthesis surgery, vacuum erection devices, and other emerging therapies in men with different causes of ED.
Available economic evaluations of ED therapies are dated, do not reflect present-day physician, pharmaceutical, and device costs, fail to account for patient comorbidities, and may not be generalizable to today's ED patients. Substantial research is needed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of ED treatments across different patient populations, countries, and reimbursement systems. Rezaee ME, Ward CE, Brandes ER, et al. A Review of Economic Evaluations of Erectile Dysfunction Therapies. Sex Med Rev 2019;XX:XXX-XXX.
Sexual medicine reviews. 2019 Jul 17 [Epub ahead of print]
Michael E Rezaee, Charlotte E Ward, Eileen R Brandes, Ricardo M Munarriz, Martin S Gross
Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA., Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA; Center for Health Statistics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA., Department of Urology, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA., Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA. Electronic address: .