Valganciclovir use among commercially and Medicaid-insured infants with congenital CMV infection in the United States, 2009–2015
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Valganciclovir use among commercially and Medicaid-insured infants with congenital CMV infection in the United States, 2009–2015

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    Clin Ther
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    To assess clinical characteristics and trends in valganciclovir use among infants diagnosed with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease in the United States.


    We analyzed 2009–2015 medical claims from Truven Health MarketScan® Commercial Claims and Encounters and Medicaid databases. We identified infants with a live birth code in the first claim who were enrolled for at least 45 days. Among infants diagnosed with congenital CMV disease, identified by an ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM code of congenital CMV infection or CMV disease within 45 days of birth, we assessed codes for CMV-associated clinical condition within the same period, and hearing loss and valganciclovir claims within the first 180 days.


    In the commercial and Medicaid databases, we identified 257 (2.5/10,000) and 445 (3.3/10,000) infants diagnosed with congenital CMV disease, respectively, among whom 135 (53%) and 282 (63%) had ≥1 CMV-associated condition, 30 (12%) and 32 (7%) had hearing loss, and 41 (16%) and 78 (18%) had valganciclovir claims. Among infants with congenital CMV disease who had valganciclovir claims, 37 (90%) among commercially-insured infants and 68 (87%) among Medicaid-insured infants had ≥1 CMV-associated condition and/or hearing loss. From 2009 to 2015, the proportion with valganciclovir claims increased from 0% to 29% among commercially-insured infants and from 4% to 37% among Medicaid-insured infants (p<0.0001).


    During 2009–2015, there was a strong upward trend in valganciclovir claims among insured infants who were diagnosed with congenital CMV disease, the majority of whom had CMV-associated conditions and/or hearing loss.

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