Transplantation journal recognizes John Gill for article on cost‐effectiveness of using kidneys from hepatitis C donors for transplantation

Dr. John Gill has been chosen to receive an American Journal of Transplantation Outstanding Article award for  “Cost‐effectiveness of using kidneys from hepatitis C nucleic acid test–positive donors for transplantation in hepatitis C–negative recipients.” This award was created to recognize and honour meritorious manuscripts published in the prior calendar year and bring greater attention to the excellence of top manuscripts published in the AJT.

Awards are presented annually to members of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and American Society of Transplant Surgeons® (ASTS) in three categories: basic science, translational, and clinical research.

The awards will be presented during a special session on June 2, 2019, at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Boston, MA.

Abstract from the article

Kidneys from deceased donors who are hepatitis C virus (HCV) nucleic acid test positive are infrequently used for transplantation in HCV‐negative patients due to concerns about disease transmission. With the development of direct‐acting antivirals (DAAs) for HCV, there is now potential to use these kidneys in HCV‐negative candidates. However, the high cost of DAAs poses a challenge to adoption of this strategy. We created a Markov model to examine the costeffectiveness of usingdeceased donors infected with HCV for kidney transplantation in uninfected waitlist candidates. In the primary analysis, this strategy was cost saving and improved health outcomes compared to remaining on the waitlist for an additional 2 or more years to receive a HCV‐negative transplant. The strategy was also cost‐effective with an incremental costeffectiveness ratio of $56 018 per quality‐adjusted life year (QALY) from the payer perspective, and $4647 per QALY from the societal perspective, compared to remaining on the waitlist for 1 additional year. The results were consistent in 1‐way and probabilistic sensitivity analyses. We conclude that the use of kidneys from deceased donors with HCV infection is likely to lead to improved clinical outcomes at reduced cost for HCV‐negative transplant candidates.