Registri di patologia

  • Emanuele Crocetti1

  1. UO Epidemiologia clinica e descrittiva, ISPO Firenze
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1. Priori SG, Gasparini M, Napolitano C, Della Bella P, Ottonelli AG, Sassone B, Giordano U, Pappone C, Mascioli G, Rossetti G, De Nardis R, Colombo M. Risk stratification in Brugada syndrome: results of the PRELUDE (PRogrammed ELectrical stimUlation preDictive valuE) registry. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Jan 3;59(1):37-45.
Cardiologia Molecolare, IRCCS Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Via Maugeri 10/10a, Pavia, Italy.
Comment in J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Jan 3;59(1):46-8.

OBJECTIVES: The PRELUDE (PRogrammed ELectrical stimUlation preDictive valuE) prospective registry was designed to assess the predictive accuracy of sustained ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation (VTs/VF) inducibility and to identify additional predictors of arrhythmic events in Brugada syndrome patients without history of VT/VF.
BACKGROUND: Brugada syndrome is a genetic disease associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac death. Even though its value has been questioned, inducibility of VTs/VF is widely used to select candidates to receive a prophylactic implantable defibrillator, and its accuracy has never been addressed in prospective studies with homogeneous enrolling criteria.
METHODS: Patients with a spontaneous or drug-induced type I electrocardiogram (ECG) and without history of cardiac arrest were enrolled. The registry included 308 consecutive individuals (247 men, 80%; median age 44 years, range 18 to 72 years). Programmed electrical stimulation was performed at enrollment, and patients were followed-up every 6 months.
RESULTS: During a median follow-up of 34 months, 14 arrhythmic events (4.5%) occurred (13 appropriate shocks of the implantable defibrillator, and 1 cardiac arrest). Programmed electrical stimulation performed with a uniform and pre-specified protocol induced ventricular tachyarrhythmias in 40% of patients: arrhythmia inducibility was not a predictor of events at follow-up (9 of 14 events occurred in noninducible patients). History of syncope and spontaneous type I ECG (hazard ratio [HR]: 4.20), ventricular refractory period <200 ms (HR: 3.91), and QRS fragmentation (HR: 4.94) were significant predictors of arrhythmias.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data show that VT/VF inducibility is unable to identify high-risk patients, whereas the presence of a spontaneous type I ECG, history of syncope, ventricular effective refractory period <200 ms, and QRS fragmentation seem useful to identify candidates for prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

2. Atella V, Bhattacharya J, Carbonari L. Pharmaceutical price controls and minimum efficacy regulation: evidence from the United States and Italy. Health Serv Res. 2012 Feb;47(1 Pt 1):293-308. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01333.x. Epub 2011 Oct 18.
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome 00133, Italy.

OBJECTIVE: This article examines the relationship between drug price and drug quality and how it varies across two of the most common regulatory regimes in the pharmaceutical market: minimum efficacy standards (MES) and a mix of MES and price control mechanisms (MES + PC).
DATA SOURCES: Our primary data source is the Tufts-New England Medical Center-Cost Effectiveness Analysis Registry which have been merged with price data taken from MEPS (for the United States) and AIFA (for Italy).
STUDY DESIGN: Through a simple model of adverse selection we model the interaction between firms, heterogeneous buyers, and the regulator.
PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The theoretical analysis provides two results. First, an MES regime provides greater incentives to produce high-quality drugs. Second, an MES + PC mix reduces the difference in price between the highest and lowest quality drugs on the market.
CONCLUSION: The empirical analysis based on United States and Italian data corroborates these results.

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