The European Journal of Health Economics

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 229–240 | Cite as

Cost-effectiveness of vedolizumab compared with infliximab, adalimumab, and golimumab in patients with ulcerative colitis in the United Kingdom

  • Michele R. Wilson
  • Annika Bergman
  • Helene Chevrou-Severac
  • Ross Selby
  • Michael Smyth
  • Matthew C. Kerrigan
Original Paper



To examine the clinical and economic impact of vedolizumab compared with infliximab, adalimumab, and golimumab in the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) in the United Kingdom (UK).


A decision analytic model in Microsoft Excel was used to compare vedolizumab with other biologic treatments (infliximab, adalimumab, and golimumab) for the treatment of biologic-naïve patients with UC in the UK. Efficacy data were obtained from a network meta-analysis using placebo as the common comparator. Other inputs (e.g., unit costs, adverse-event disutilities, probability of surgery, mortality) were obtained from published literature. Costs were presented in 2012/2013 British pounds. Outcomes included quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). Costs and outcomes were discounted by 3.5% per year. Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios were presented for vedolizumab compared with other biologics. Univariate and multivariate probabilistic sensitivity analyses were conducted to assess model robustness to parameter uncertainty.


The model predicted that anti-tumour necrosis factor-naïve patients on vedolizumab would accrue more QALY than patients on other biologics. The incremental results suggest that vedolizumab is a cost-effective treatment compared with adalimumab (incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of £22,735/QALY) and dominant compared with infliximab and golimumab. Sensitivity analyses suggest that results are most sensitive to treatment response and transition probabilities. However, vedolizumab is cost-effective irrespective of variation in any of the input parameters.


Our model predicted that treatment with vedolizumab improves QALY, increases time in remission and response, and is a cost-effective treatment option compared with all other biologics for biologic-naïve patients with moderately to severely active UC.


Ulcerative colitis Vedolizumab Cost-effectiveness Economics Inflammatory bowel disease 

JEL Classification

I (Health, Education, and Welfare) 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The research presented in this manuscript was funded by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, AG. Ms. Bergman, Ms. Chevrou-Severac, Mr. Selby, and Dr. Smyth are employees of Takeda. Dr. Kerrigan is an employee of PHMR Associates, a contract research organization that received funding from Takeda to conduct the analyses. Mr. Wilson is an employee of RTI Health Solutions, a contract research organization that received funding from Takeda to conduct the analyses.

Source of funding

The research presented in this manuscript was funded by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, AG.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele R. Wilson
    • 1
  • Annika Bergman
    • 2
  • Helene Chevrou-Severac
    • 2
  • Ross Selby
    • 3
  • Michael Smyth
    • 4
  • Matthew C. Kerrigan
    • 5
  1. 1.RTI Health SolutionsResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  2. 2.Takeda Pharmaceuticals AGZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Takeda UK Ltd.BucksUK
  4. 4.Takeda Development Centre Europe Ltd.LondonUK
  5. 5.PHMR LimitedLondonUK

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