New treatments could save $396 billion over 10 years, lead to better quality of life for migraine sufferers

Samantha Dougherty   |     May 22, 2018   |   SHARE THIS

A new study found that if all migraine sufferers used an emerging class of preventative migraine treatments, the United States could save $396 billion in indirect costs over ten years and avoid 374 million migraine days per year. For the 1 in 6 Americans who suffer from migraine, these new therapies, called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) inhibitors, offer hope as the first medicines developed specifically for the prevention of this disease. The study found CGRP inhibitors were associated with:

  • Fewer hours of lost productivity per year (more than 18 per year)
  • Reduced need for medicines that address the symptoms of migraine
  • Higher probability of full-time and part-time employment
  • Fewer ER visits per year

The effects of this debilitating disease on patients and worker productivity are extensive. Migraines are not just headaches: A recent survey revealed that 68 percent of employed migraine sufferers reported being less productive at work and 72 percent said their disease affects their ability to care for their loved ones. Additionally, the condition results in 113 million lost work days per year, costing employers nearly $13 billion annually.  

Migraine infographic

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Samantha Dougherty

Samantha Dougherty Samantha Dougherty is a senior director of policy and research at PhRMA. Her primary role is to develop and manage a broad portfolio of research projects related to the use and value of medicines. She has authored and been involved in numerous academic and non-academic projects that have been published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at scientific conferences. Samantha also serves as a lead subject matter expert on cost savings from use of medicines, evidence related to adherence, productivity and achievement of better outcomes. She received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland College Park and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research from the University of Maryland Baltimore.

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