A pharmacoepidemiological study was conducted to analyse the relationship between bone fracture and the use of certain drugs.
The study includes patients 40 years and older, diagnosed with bone fractures in the Emergency Department of Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland, during a 10-year period (2002-2011). Also were included those who picked up from a pharmacy 90 DDD or more per year of the drugs included in the study in the capital region of Iceland during same period. Opiates, benzodiazepines/hypnotics (sedatives) were compared with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and beta blockers. Proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) and histamine H2-antagonists were also examined. To examine the association between above drugs and fractures the data from electronic hospital database were matched to the prescription database run by the Directorate of Health.
A total of 29,056 fractures in 22,891 individuals were identified. The females with fractures were significantly older and twice as many, compared to males. The odds ratio (OR) for fractures was not significantly different between the NSAID, statins and beta blockers. OR for opiates showed almost double increased risk of fractures, 40% increased risk for sedatives and 30% increased risk for PPIs compared to beta blockers. No increased fracture-risk was noted in patients taking H2 antagonists.
This study shows a relationship between the use of opiates, sedatives and bone fractures. The incidence of fractures was also increased in patients taking PPIs which is interesting in the light of the wide-spread use of PPIs in the community. Key words: Opiates, sedatives, proton- pump inhibitors, fractures. Correspondence: Magnus Johannsson, email@example.com.