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Although a number of reports suggest very low persistence with oral bisphosphonates, there is limited data on persistence with other anti-osteoporosis medications. We compare rates of early discontinuation (in the first year) with all available outpatient anti-osteoporosis drugs in Catalonia, Spain. We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study using data from the SIDIAP database. SIDIAP contains computerized primary care records and pharmacy dispensing data for >80 % of the population of Catalonia (>5 million people). All SIDIAP participants starting an anti-osteoporosis drug between 1/1/2007 and 30/06/2011 (with 2 years wash-out) were included. We modelled persistence as the time between first prescription and therapy discontinuation (refill gap of at least 6 months) using Fine and Gray survival models with competing risk for death. We identified 127,722 patients who started any anti-osteoporosis drug in the study period. The most commonly prescribed drug was weekly alendronate (N = 55,399). 1-Year persistence ranges from 40 % with monthly risedronate to 7.7 % with daily risedronate, and discontinuation was very common [from 49.5 % (monthly risedronate) to 84.4 % (daily risedronate)] as was also switching in the first year of therapy [from 2.8 % (weekly alendronate) to 10 % (daily alendronate)]. Multivariable-adjusted models showed that only monthly risedronate had better one-year persistence than weekly alendronate and teriparatide equivalent, whilst all other therapies had worse persistence. Early discontinuation with available anti-osteoporosis oral drugs is very common. Monthly risedronate, weekly alendronate, and daily teriparatide are the drugs with the best persistence, whilst daily oral drugs have 40-60 % higher first-year discontinuation rates compared to weekly alendronate.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00223-015-0040-3

Type

Journal article

Journal

Calcif Tissue Int

Publication Date

12/2015

Volume

97

Pages

535 - 541

Keywords

Catalonia, Electronic health records, Epidemiology, Medication adherence, Osteoporosis, Primary health care, Aged, Bone Density Conservation Agents, Cohort Studies, Female, Humans, Male, Medication Adherence, Middle Aged, Osteoporosis, Retrospective Studies, Spain