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Table 3 Cost and resource consumption

From: Cost-utility analysis of propranolol versus corticosteroids in the treatment of proliferating infantile hemangioma in Italy

  Propranolol (Hemangiol) Corticosteroids (Prednisolone-Deltacortene)
Pharmaceutical therapy costs
Dosage 1° week at 1.00 mg/kg/day 3 courses of 20 days each at 1,2mg/Kg/die + gastro protector (Ranitidina) at 7.50 mg/kg/day
2° week at 2.00 mg/kg/day
5.5 months at 3.00 mg/kg/day
Length of therapy 6 months 3 courses of 20 days
Costs* €1,510.79 €18.88
Hospitalization costs for the first administration of the drug
DRG coded DRG 284 “Minor skin disorders without complications D RG 284 “Minor skin disorders without complications
Tariff €153.00 €153.00
Outpatient visit costs
Type of visit Dermatological visit—code 89.7 General + Dermatological visit—code 89.7
Tariff €20.66 €20.66
Number of visits 8** 12
Costs €165.28 €247.92
Adverse events costs €153.00 €799.49
Ulceration events costs
DRG coded DRG 270 “Other skin procedure without complications
Tariff €1,099.00
Type of visit Dermatological visit—code 89.7
Tariff €20.66
Number of visits 4
Costs €2,280.64
Surgical resection costs
DRG coded DRG 120 “Other acts on cardiovascular system
Tariff €1,898.00
Laser therapy costs
DRG coded DRG 270 “Other skin procedure without complications
Tariff €1,099.00
Number of session 3
Costs €3,297.00
  1. *The estimate of pharmaceutical therapy costs was performed taking into account a average body weight equal to 7.24 Kg
  2. **The total number of visits is 8 to take into account of 2 outpatient visits to perform the titration of the dosage