The use of incretins and fractures - a meta-analysis on population-based real life data

J H M Driessen, F de Vries, H van Onzenoort, N C Harvey, C Neef, J van den Bergh, P Vestergaard, R M A Henry

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The aim of the present study was to estimate the effect of incretins on fracture risk in the real world situation by meta-analysis of the available population-based cohort data. Pubmed and Embase were searched for original articles investigating use of incretin agents, and fracture risk up to December 2015. Adjusted results were extracted and results were pooled by use of generic inverse variance methods, assuming a random-effects model. Neither current dipeptidyl peptidase 4 - inhibitors use, nor current glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonists use was associated with a decreased risk of fracture: pooled relative risk [pooled RR (95% CI): 1.02 (0.91 to 1.13) and 1.03 (0.87 to 1.22)], respectively. This meta-analysis demonstrated that current use of incretin agents, was not associated with decreased fracture risk. Our findings show the value of representative real-world populations, and the risks associated with suggesting benefits for medications on the basis of safety reporting in RCTs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-926
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • dipeptidyl peptidase 4-in hibitors
  • fracture
  • glucagon-like peptide 1-receptor agonists
  • increti n agents
  • meta-anal ysis


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