US cost–effectiveness of polatuzumab vedotin, bendamustine and rituximab in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2020


To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of polatuzumab vedotin (pola) + bendamustine + rituximab (BR) in relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma based on the GO29365 trial from a US payer's perspective.

Materials & methods

A partitioned survival model used progression-free survival and overall survival data from the GO29365 trial. The base case analysis assumed overall survival was informed by progression-free survival; a mixture cure model estimated proportion of long-term survivors.


In the base case, pola + BR was cost-effective versus BR at US$35,864 per quality-adjusted life year gained. Probabilistic and one-way sensitivity analyses showed that the findings were robust.


Pola + BR is cost-effective versus BR for the treatment of transplant-ineligible relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the US.

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Betts KA, Thuresson PO, Felizzi F, Du EX, Dieye I, Li J, Schulz M, Masaquel AS