Business Between 125,000 and 200,000 patients with cirrhosis in the US are hospitalized due to complications of HE
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HE is a severe disorder with a large unmet need. In total, liver cirrhosis affects up to 1% of the US and EU populations (1)(2). Between 125,000 and 200,000 patients with cirrhosis in the US are hospitalized due to complications of HE (3). Once HE develops, mortality reaches 22-35% after 5 years (4)(5). HE is also associated with large societal and individual costs. The total cost for hospitalizations with HE in the US was recently estimated to have increased from $1.6bn in 2005 to $2.0bn in 2009, at a total charge of $7.2bn in 2009 (6). An effective novel treatment within this indication is likely to make a major contribution for the treatment of this disorder.
Based on primary interviews with sleep medicine specialists and comparisons in the prevalence of IH to those of narcolepsy type 1 in sleep medicine populations we estimate that there may be 11 000 – 21 000 diagnosed patients with severe IH and with disabling symptoms despite treatment in the 7MM.
1) Schuppan & Afdhal, 2008. Lancet. 371: 838-851
2) Blachier et. al., 2013. J. Hepatol. 58: 593-608
3) HCUPnet, Healthcare Cost and Utilization project, 2006
4) Yoneyama et. al., 2004. Dig. Dis. Sci., 49: 1174-1180
5) Planas et. al., 2004. J. Hepatol. 40: 823-830
6) Stepanova et al., 2012. Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 10:1034-1041