An economic evaluation of rosuvastatin treatment in systolic heart failure: Evidence from the CORONA trial

Paula K. Lorgelly, Andrew H. Briggs, Hans Wedel, Peter Dunselman, AKe Hjalmarson, John Kjekshus, Finn Waagstein, John Wikstrand, András Jánosi, Dirk J. Van Veldhuisen, Vivencio Barrios, Cândida Fonseca, John J.V. McMurray

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Aims: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of 10 mg rosuvastatin daily for older patients with systolic heart failure in the Controlled Rosuvastatin Multinational Study in Heart Failure (CORONA) trial.Methods and resultsThis within trial analysis of CORONA used major cardiovascular (CV) events as the outcome measure. Resource use was valued and the costs of hospitalizations, procedures, and statin use compared. Cost-effectiveness was estimated as cost per major CV event avoided. There were significantly fewer major CV events in the rosuvastatin group compared with the placebo group (1.04 vs. 1.20 per patient; difference 0.164; 95 CI: 0.075-0.254, P < 0.001). The average cost of CV hospitalizations and procedures was significantly lower for those receiving rosuvastatin (£1531 vs. £1769; difference £238; 95 CI: £73-403, P = 0.005); the additional cost of the statin resulted in significantly higher total costs for the rosuvastatin group (£1769 vs. £2072; difference £303; 95 CI: £138-468, P < 0.001). Overall, rosuvastatin was found to cost £1840 (95 CI: £562-6028) per major CV event avoided.ConclusionThis economic analysis showed that a significant reduction in major CV events with rosuvastatin led to significantly reduced costs of CV hospitalizations and procedures. The reduction in associated costs for major CV events was found to offset partially (by 44) the cost of rosuvastatin treatment in patients with systolic heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean journal of heart failure
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010



  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Heart failure
  • Multinational trial
  • Statins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Lorgelly, P. K., Briggs, A. H., Wedel, H., Dunselman, P., Hjalmarson, AK., Kjekshus, J., Waagstein, F., Wikstrand, J., Jánosi, A., Van Veldhuisen, D. J., Barrios, V., Fonseca, C., & McMurray, J. J. V. (2010). An economic evaluation of rosuvastatin treatment in systolic heart failure: Evidence from the CORONA trial. European journal of heart failure, 12(1), 66-74.