Details of Publication 798 for Project A415B:

van der Hoorn M, Tett S, de Vries O, Dobson A & Peeters G. The effect of dose and type of proton pump inhibitor use on risk of fractures and osteoporosis treatment in older Australian women: a prospective cohort study. Bone, 2015; 81: 675-682

Objectives: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most prescribed medications worldwide, however, there is growing concern regarding potential negative effects on bone health. The aim was to examine the effect of dose and type of PPI use on subsequent use of osteoporosis medication and fractures in older Australian women.Methods: Data were included from 4432 participants (born 1921–26) in the 2002 survey of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Medication data were from the national pharmaceutical administrative database (2003–2012, inclusive). Fractures were sourced from linked hospital datasets available for four major States of Australia. Competing risk regression models used PPI exposure as a time-dependent covariate and either time to first osteoporosis medication prescription or fracture as the outcome, with death as a competing risk.Results: Of the 2328 PPI users and 2104 PPI non-users, 827 (36%) and 550 (26%) became users of osteoporosis medication, respectively. PPI use was associated with an increased risk of subsequent use of osteoporosis medication (adjusted sub-hazard ratio [SHR] = 1.28; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.13-1.44) and subsequent fracture (SHR = 1.29, CI = 1.08-1.55). Analysis with PPI categorized according to defined daily dose (DDD), showed some evidence for a dose–response effect (osteoporosis medication: < 400 DDD: SHR = 1.23, CI = 1.06-1.42 and = 400 DDD: SHR = 1.39, CI = 1.17-1.65, compared with non-users; SHRs were in the same range for fractures). Esomeprazole was the most common PPI prescribed (22.9%). Analysis by type of PPI use showed an increased subsequent risk for: (1) use of osteoporosis medication for rabeprazole (SHR = 1.51, CI = 1.08-2.10) and esomeprazole (SHR = 1.48, CI = 1.17-1.88); and (2) fractures for rabeprazole (SHR = 2.06, CI = 1.37-3.10). Users of multiple types of PPI also had increased risks for use of osteoporosis medication and fractures.Conclusion: An appropriate benefit/risk assessment should be made when prescribing PPIs, especially for esomeprazole and rabeprazole, as osteoporosis and fracture risks were increased in this cohort of elderly females subsequent to PPI prescription.