Inhaled corticosteroids did not increase nonvertebral fractures in adults with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Thien, Frank
July 2005
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 143 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
This article presents information on a study describing the risk of nonvertebral fracture related to inhaled corticosteroid (ICSs) exposure among adults with chronic respiratory disease. In adults with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or both, short-term use of inhaled corticosteroids at recommended doses did not increase the risk for nonvertebral fractures. ICS exposure was identified from pharmacy claims occurring in the year before the index date. All ICSs were grouped together as a class, but also evaluated separately or in combination with beta-agonists. Covariates included demographic variables and type of underlying respiratory disease.


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