Amy White Poret

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BACKGROUND Approximately 50% of patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder will experience a recurrent or chronic course of illness for which long-term treatment is recommended. Moreover, at least 20% of patients diagnosed with depression do not respond satisfactorily to several traditional antidepressant medication treatment trials. Very little is(More)
The disease burden of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is expected to more than double in the next two decades. Currently, there is very little information about the costs of HCV treatment for employers who pay for treatment and health plans that cover HCV patients. This study reports the medical costs of HCV for workers with health insurance. A retrospective claims(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the health care costs associated with the treatment of a new episode of depression with bupropion sustained release (SR) rather than with other antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs], tricyclic antidepressants [TCAs], and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors [SNRIs]). (More)
BACKGROUND Many patients discontinue antidepressant therapy long before the 6-month minimum duration recommended for the treatment of major depression and many other diagnoses. We explore various possibilities, including prescriber intent and patient diagnosis, to explain some of this early discontinuation. METHOD Patients from a single health maintenance(More)
More intensive and/or frequent hemodialysis may provide clinical benefits to patients with end-stage renal disease; however, these dialysis treatments are more convenient to the patients if provided in their homes. Here we created a standardized model, based on a systematic review of available costing literature, to determine the economic viability of(More)
INTRODUCTION The European Machine Preservation Trial (MPT) found a significantly lower rate of delayed graft function and improved graft survival in machine-perfused kidneys compared to cold-stored kidneys in the first year following kidney transplantation. Little is known about the cost-effectiveness of various organ preservation methods. METHODS Outcome(More)
PURPOSE The patterns of angiotensin II-receptor blocker (ARB) therapy in patients with and without a history of antihypertensive use were studied. METHODS Data for this retrospective cohort study were obtained from Caremark's data warehouse. Patients were included in the analysis if they filled prescriptions for ARBs only, did not receive ARB therapy(More)
Stroke patients are at risk for subsequent ischemic events; yet preventive therapy is often underused. An analysis was performed to determine the rate of secondary ischemic events and use of prescription antiplatelets or anticoagulants after ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Patients age 25 years or older with a medical claim for stroke or(More)
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