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Heterogeneity of the pharmacologic treatment of allergic rhinitis in Europe based on MIDAS and OTCims platforms
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  • Jean Bousquet,
  • Detlef Schroder-Bernhardi,
  • Claus Bachert,
  • G. Walter Canonica,
  • Victoria Cardona,
  • Elisio Costa,
  • Wienczyslawa Czarlewski,
  • Philippe Devillier,
  • João Fonseca,
  • Ludger Klimek,
  • Piotr Kuna ,
  • Olga Lourenço,
  • Joaquim Mullol,
  • Oliver Pfaar,
  • Nhan Pham Thi,
  • Bolesław Samoliński,
  • Julia Saueressig,
  • Glenis Scadding,
  • Ann-Kathrin Stroh,
  • Sophie Scheire,
  • Eric VAN GANSE,
  • Torsten Zuberbier
Jean Bousquet
Université Versailles, St-Quentin-en-Yvelines

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Detlef Schroder-Bernhardi
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Claus Bachert
Upper Airway Research Laboratory (URL),
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G. Walter Canonica
Humanitas University
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Victoria Cardona
Hospital Vall d'Hebron
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Elisio Costa
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Wienczyslawa Czarlewski
Medical Consulting
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Philippe Devillier
Universite Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
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João Fonseca
Hospital-CUF Porto and Instituto CUF-Diagnóstico e Tratamento
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Ludger Klimek
Zentrum für Rhinologie und Allergologie
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Piotr Kuna
University Clinical Hospital No 1 N Barlicki in Lodz
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Olga Lourenço
University of Beira Interior
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Joaquim Mullol
Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS)
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Oliver Pfaar
University Hospital Marburg, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany.
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Nhan Pham Thi
Institut Pasteur
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Bolesław Samoliński
Medical Uniwersity of Warsaw
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Julia Saueressig
IQVIA Commercial GmbH and Co OHG
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Glenis Scadding
Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital
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Ann-Kathrin Stroh
IQVIA Germany
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Sophie Scheire
Ghent University
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Université Lyon 1-CHU Lyon
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Torsten Zuberbier
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
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Background: The practice of allergology varies widely between countries, and the costs and sales for the treatment of rhinitis differ depending on practices and health systems. To understand these differences and their implications, the rhinitis market was studied in some of the EU countries. Methods: We conducted a pharmaco-epidemiological database analysis to assess the medications that were prescribed for allergic rhinitis in the years 2016, 2017 and 2018. We used the IQVIA platforms for prescribed medicines (MIDAS® - Meaningful Integration of Data, Analytics and Services) and for OTC medicines (OTC International Market Tracking - OTCims). We selected the five most important markets in the EU (France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain). The UK was excluded due to a lack of data. Results: Intra-nasal decongestants were excluded from the analyses because they are not prescribed for allergic rhinitis. For both Standard Units (SU) and costs, France is leading the other countries. In terms of SU, the four other countries are similar. For costs, Poland is lower than the three others. However, medication use differs largely. For 2018, in SU, intra-nasal corticosteroid is the first treatment in Poland (70.0%), France (51.3%), Spain (51.1%) and Germany (50.3%) whereas the Italian market is dominated by systemic anti-histamines (41.4%) followed by intra-nasal corticosteroids (30.1%). Results of other years were similar. Discussion: There are major differences between countries in terms of rhino-conjunctivitis medication usage.
Aug 2021Published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy volume 51 issue 8 on pages 1033-1045. 10.1111/cea.13884