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A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Over-the-Counter Statins

Christopher Stomberg and Margaret Albaugh
May 2016

Christopher Stomberg and Margaret Albaugh published “A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Over-the-Counter Statins” in the American Journal of Managed Care with co-authors Saul Shiffman (University of Pittsburgh) and Neeraj Sood (University of Southern California).

The article examines the cost effectiveness of introducing a statin into the over-the-counter (OTC) market—an important policy issue in the United States. The authors use a 10-year cost-effectiveness model to analyze the impact of making such a drug available without a prescription. This adds to the economic literature by estimating the impact of the introduction of an OTC statin on several elements: statin use, healthcare costs, population health, and mortality.