Providers may use several treatment options for patients with Peyronie's disease; however, it is unclear whether practice patterns have evolved over recent years and if this has impacted cost.
To investigate trends in the treatment of Peyronie's disease over time and the associated costs using a national, commercial insurance claims database.
A retrospective cohort study was conducted using claims from the Truven MarketScan database from 2007 to 2018 for men with Peyronie's disease. Cost was estimated as either the sum of prescription oral or injectable treatment costs or as the single net cost associated with the operative procedure.
Frequency of use of various treatments for Peyronie's disease and associated costs were assessed as trends over the timeline by year.
The estimated annual incidence of Peyronie's disease in this population rose from 61 to 77 per 100,000 patients over the included years, and the percent annual treatment rate rose from 17.8% to 26.2%. Colchicine was the most commonly prescribed oral agent in 2007 used in 22% of treated individuals; by 2018, pentoxifylline was the most common prescribed oral agent used in 33%. In 2007, 11% of treated patients received intralesional verapamil; however, by 2018, 24% received injectable collagenase, whereas <1% received intralesional verapamil. The mean annual, per-individual cost of Peyronie's disease treatment increased from $1,531 in 2007 to $10,339 in 2018. The cost increase was greatest for injectable therapies, which rose from $811 per individual in 2007 to $16,184 in 2018, a 19-fold increase.
Diagnosis and treatment of Peyronie's disease is increasing over time. Pentoxifylline has become the most common oral prescription, whereas injectable collagenase has become most common injection. The mean cost associated with Peyronie's disease treatment increased more than 5 times from 2007 to 2018 corresponding with Federal Drug Administration's approval of injectable collagenase. Loftus CJ, Rajanahally S, Holt SK, et al. Treatment Trends and Cost Associated With Peyronie's Disease. Sex Med 2020;XX:XXX-XXX.
Sexual medicine. 2020 Oct 06 [Epub ahead of print]
Christopher J Loftus, Saneal Rajanahally, Sarah K Holt, Omer A Raheem, Kevin A Ostrowski, Thomas J Walsh
Department of Urology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Electronic address: ., Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX., Department of Urology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA., Department of Urology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.