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Use of anti-osteoporosis medication dispensing by patients with hip fracture: could we do better?

Osteoporos Int. 2019 Jun 29;: Authors: Kristensen PK, Ehrenstein V, Shetty N, Pedersen AB

INTRODUCTION: To examine trend in dispensing of anti-osteoporosis medication before and after hip fracture surgery in Denmark over a 10-year period using routinely collected data from population-based registries. METHODS: From the Danish Multidisciplinary Hip Fracture Registry, we included 65,011 patients aged 65 years or older with an incident hip fracture in 2005-2015. We calculated, for each calendar year of hip fracture diagnosis, the prevalence of use of anti-osteoporosis medication (at least one dispensing of bisphosphonates, strontium ranelate, denosumab, selective estrogen receptor modulators, or teriparatide) in the year before and in the year following hip fracture diagnosis. Among those without a dispensing in the year before hip fracture, we computed 1-year cumulative incidence of use following hip fracture. We treated death as a competing risk and stratified the analysis on sex, age, and comorbidity. RESULTS: The prevalence of use before hip fracture varied between 7 and 12%, increasing slightly from 2005 to 2015. The cumulative incidence of use following hip fracture decreased from 16% in 2005 to 13% in 2010, whereupon it increased to 20%. A similar pattern was seen with each stratum of sex, age groups, and comorbidity. The overall prevalence of use after hip fracture was below 22% in all calendar years. CONCLUSIONS: Less than one-third of hip fracture patients had dispensing of anti-osteoporosis medication up to 1 year after hip fracture. We observed only a slight increase in dispensing after hip fracture over the study period, irrespective of patient sex, age, and comorbidity at the time of hip fracture. PMID: 31263921 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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