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Title: Inferior progression-free survival for Thai patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated under Universal Coverage Scheme: the impact of rituximab inaccessability
Authors: Tanin Intragumtornchai
Udomsak Bunworasate
Noppadol Siritanaratkul
Archrob Khuhapinant
Weerasak Nawarawong
Lalita Norasetthada
Arnuparp Lekhakula
Pairaya Rujirojindakul
Chittima Sirijerachai
Kanjana Chansung
Tawatchai Suwanban
Suporn Chuncharunee
Pimjai Niparuck
Somchai Wongkhantee
Wichean Mongkonsritragoon
Tontanai Numbenjapon
Chulalongkorn University
Mahidol University
Chiang Mai University
Prince of Songkla University
Khon Kaen University
Rajavithi Hospital
Khon Kaen Regional Hospital
Phramongkutklao College of Medicine
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2013
Citation: Leukemia and Lymphoma. Vol.54, No.1 (2013), 83-89
Abstract: The impact of health insurance with inequitable rituximab coverage on the survival of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has never been reported. We conducted a nationwide multicenter analysis on the outcome of 553 adult patients consecutively diagnosed with DLBCL between July 2003 and June 2006, in whom treatment cost was reimbursed under the Civil Servant Medical Benefit Scheme (CSMBS) (n =201) or the Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS) (n =352). The international prognostic index was comparable between the two payment groups. Rituximab-based therapy was administered in 45.3% and 3.1% of CSMBS and UCS patients, respectively (p <0.001). With a median follow-up of 24.6 months, the 6-year progression-free survival (PFS) was superior for CSMBS patients (34.2 vs. 23.2%, p =0.005). "Not treated with rituximab-based therapy" was the strongest adverse prognostic feature indicating a short PFS (hazard ratio 2.1, p <0.001). It is concluded that lack of access to rituximab is the principal factor accounting for the inferior PFS observed in Thai patients with DLBCL who are treated under the UCS. © 2013 Informa UK, Ltd.
ISSN: 10292403
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