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Oral ZYVOX shows cost savings for outpatient treatment of skin, other infections vs. vancomycin

SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2005 Oral ZYVOX (linezolid) was associated with significant savings to the health care system an average of $4,630 per patient compared to vancomycin when used in an outpatient setting for people with certain infections, according to data to be presented today at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) annual meeting. In the study, patients taking oral ZYVOX had fewer physician office visits, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, lab tests and other health care services, as well as lower total costs, compared to patients taking vancomycin.

The study retrospectively analyzed longitudinal claims data from more than 80 health plans for patients treated with ZYVOX or vancomycin on an outpatient basis for infections of which approximately half (48 percent) were skin infections. The average total cost per patient, including drug acquisition and administration as well as all related medical expenses, was 34 percent less for patients who were treated with oral ZYVOX compared with patients who were treated with vancomycin, which must be taken intravenously. ZYVOX is available in interchangeable IV and oral formulations.

"This new information broadens our understanding of the benefits of oral linezolid," said Peggy S. McKinnon, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Transplant Infectious Diseases/Clinical Research at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. and lead investigator. "Using an oral agent eliminates the risk of IV complications, such as line infections, as well as the cost of IV administration. This study offers further evidence of the cost savings of oral linezolid to the health care system."

Study Background

McKinnon and other investigators conducted a retrospective study using claims data from more than 80 health care plans to evaluate the impact of outpatient treatment with oral ZYVOX versus IV vancomycin on resource utilization and direct medical costs. The study analyzed 1,048 adul
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Contact: Jeanne Traflet
212-733-0127
Edelman Public Relations
7-Oct-2005


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