Use of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors and fracture risk compared to use of other anti-hyperglycemic drugs

J.H.M. Driessen, H.A.W. van Onzenoort, J. Starup-Linde, R. Henry, C. Neef, J. van den Bergh, P. Vestergaard, F. de Vries*, A.M. Burden

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INTRODUCTION: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP4-Is) are a new class of anti-hyperglycemic drugs which might have a potential beneficial effect on bone metabolism. Data on the effect of DPP4-I use and fracture risk is limited and conflicting. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between use of DPP4-Is and fracture risk. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted using data from the Danish National Health Service. Cases were those who sustained a fracture, and controls were those without a fracture during the study period (2007-2011), all aged 18 years and older. Conditional logistic regression estimated the odds ratios of fracture with current use of DPP4-I use. Analyses were adjusted for comorbidities and recent drug use. RESULTS: Among the cases there were 6993 current non-insulin anti-diabetic drug (NIAD) users (excluding incretin users) and 643 DPP4-I users. There were 7209 NIAD users (excluding incretin users) among the controls and 707 DPP4-I users. Current DPP4-I use was not associated with risk of any fracture (adjusted [adj.] OR: 0.97, 95% CI: 0.79-1.18) or major osteoporotic fracture (adj. OR: 0.96, 95% CI: 0.72-1.28). Stratification of current DPP4-I use to cumulative and average daily dose did not show an association. CONCLUSIONS: In a population-based case-control study we identified that short-term use of DPP4-I was not associated with fracture risk as compared to users of other anti-hyperglycemic drugs. Additionally, results suggest that increasing daily dose and cumulative DPP4-I exposure were not associated with fracture risk. However, more research is needed to assess the effect of long-term DPP4-I use on the risk of fracture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1017-1025
JournalPharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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