Incremental cost-effectiveness of drug-eluting stents compared with a third-generation bare-metal stent in a real-world setting: randomised Basel Stent Kosten Effektivitats Trial (BASKET).

BACKGROUND: No prospective trial-based data are available for incremental cost-effectiveness of drug-eluting stents (DES) compared with bare-metal stents (BMS) in unselected patients, as treated in everyday practice. METHODS: The Basel stent cost-effectiveness trial (BASKET) included 826 consecutive patients treated with angioplasty and stenting for 1281 de-novo lesions, irrespective of indication for angioplasty. Patients were randomised to one of two DES (Cypher, n=264; Taxus, n=281) or to a cobalt-chromium-based BMS (Vision, n=281) and followed up for 6 months for occurrence of major adverse cardiac events and costs. Analysis was by intention-to-treat. The primary endpoint was cost-effectiveness after 6 months, with effectiveness defined as reduction of major adverse cardiac events. FINDINGS: Cardiac death, myocardial infarction, or target vessel revascularisation occurred in 39 of 544 (7.2%) patients with DES and 34 of 280 (12.1%) with BMS (odds ratio 0.56, 95% CI 0.35-0.91; p=0.02), without significant differences between the two DES. Total costs at 6 months were higher with DES (mean 10,544, SD 6849) than with BMS (9639, 9067; p<0.0001); higher stent costs of DES were not compensated for by lower follow-up costs. Incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of DES compared with BMS to avoid one major event was 18,311, and costs per quality-adjusted life-year gained were more than 50 000. Subgroup analyses showed that DES were more cost-effective for elderly patients in specific high-risk groups. INTERPRETATION: In a real-world setting, use of DES in all patients is less cost effective than in studies with selected patients. Use of these stents could be restricted to patients in high-risk groups.

Journal Ref. Kaiser C, Brunner-La Rocca HP, Buser PT, Bonetti PO, Osswald S, Linka A, Bernheim A, Zutter A, Zellweger M, Grize L, et al: Erratum appears in Lancet. 2005 Dec 17;366(9503):2086]. Lancet 2005, 366:921-929.
Intervention Drug - third generation drug-eluting stents
Number of sites 1
Countries involved Switzerland
Sample size 826
Type of statistical analyses Intention-to-treat
Risk of bias Overall: Low Risk details
Participant characteristics Age: 64±10
Condition: coronary artery disease
Baseline severity: Required PCI and stenting
Duration of trial 12.5 months: May 5, 2003 to May 31, 2004
Primary outcome Reduction in major cardiac events (MACE)
Effect Measures
Events Intervention Total Events Control Total Risk Diff.
24 281 34 281 -3.56 %
DES (also inc;luded Cypher stents) but for reasons of matching only results for Taxus are in events. Cost effectiveness at 6 months was also a primary outcome
Show Score Ranges


(shows median if more than one score was entered)

Elig. Recr. Setting Org. Int. Flex. Del. Flex. Adherence Follow-Up Prim. Out. Prim. An.
4 5 2 5 5 -1 5 5 5