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See detailCardiac concerns associated with strontium ranelate.
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Expert opinion on drug safety (in press)

Introduction: Strontium ranelate is proven to reduce vertebral and non-vertebral fracture risk in osteoporosis. Concerns about cardiac safety have led to a new contraindication to strontium ranelate in ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Strontium ranelate is proven to reduce vertebral and non-vertebral fracture risk in osteoporosis. Concerns about cardiac safety have led to a new contraindication to strontium ranelate in patients with uncontrolled hypertension and/or current or past history of ischaemic heart disease, peripheral arterial disease and/or cerebrovascular disease. Areas covered: A literature search was performed; data were also collected from the European Medicines Agency website. Randomised controlled trial (RCT) data indicate a higher incidence of non-adjudicated myocardial infarction (MI) with strontium ranelate versus placebo (1.7 vs 1.1%; odds ratio [OR]: 1.6; 95% CI: 1.07 - 2.38; p = 0.020) (Mantel-Haenzel estimate of the OR). There was no increase in cardiovascular mortality. MI risk was mitigated by excluding patients with cardiovascular contraindications (OR: 0.99; 95% CI: 0.48 - 2.04; p = 0.988). Three observational studies performed in the context of real-life medical practice in the UK and Denmark did not report a signal. Expert opinion: The increased risk for cardiac events with strontium ranelate has been detected in RCTs but not in real life. Excluding patients with cardiovascular contraindications appears to be an effective measure for controlling the risk of MI. Strontium ranelate remains a useful therapeutic alternative in patients with severe osteoporosis without cardiovascular contraindications who are unable to take another osteoporosis treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety concerns with the long-term management of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Pelousse, Franz; Bruyère, Olivier ULg

in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety (2013)

Introduction: Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a chronic disease that exerts a significant burden on both individuals and the community. Hence, there is a requirement for long-term treatment to be ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a chronic disease that exerts a significant burden on both individuals and the community. Hence, there is a requirement for long-term treatment to be associated with a positive benefit-risk balance. Areas covered: In this descriptive review, the long-term safety of calcitonin, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), bisphosphonates, denosumab and strontium ranelate was reviewed based on randomized controlled trials of 3 years or longer supplemented by extension study data and data from large, observational studies. Expert opinion: Rare adverse events become apparent with all currently available treatments for osteoporosis with long-term therapy. Due to the rarity of these adverse events and to the worldwide burden of osteoporosis, the benefit- risk balance remains in favor of the beneficial effects of treatment on an outcome rather than the probability of an adverse effect. No single antiosteoporosis agent is appropriate for all patients. Treatment decisions should be made on an individual basis, taking into account the relative benefits and risks in different patient populations. [less ▲]

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See detailGliptins (dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors) and risk of acute pancreatitis.
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety (2013), 12(4), 545-57

Introduction: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) play an increasing role in the management of type 2 diabetes. Such incretin-based therapies offer some advantages over other glucose ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) play an increasing role in the management of type 2 diabetes. Such incretin-based therapies offer some advantages over other glucose-lowering agents, but might be associated with an increased risk of acute pancreatitis. Areas covered: An extensive literature search was performed to analyze clinical cases of acute pancreatitis reported in the literature or to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in randomized clinical trials, and in observational studies with five DPP-4 inhibitors: sitagliptin, vildagliptin, saxagliptin, alogliptin, and linagliptin. Expert opinion: An increased risk of pancreatitis has been reported in diabetic versus nondiabetic patients. Several anecdotal clinical cases of pancreatitis have been reported with sitagliptin and vildagliptin and an increased relative risk reported to the FDA with sitagliptin versus other comparators, but reporting bias cannot be excluded. In rather short-term clinical trials with well-selected diabetic patients, no increased risk of acute pancreatitis has been observed with any of the five commercialized DPP-4 inhibitors: sitagliptin, vildagliptin, saxagliptin, alogliptin, and linagliptin. Similarly, real-life cohort studies showed no increased incidence of pancreatitis with gliptins compared with other glucose-lowering agents, a finding recently challenged by a case- control study. These results must be confirmed in postmarketing surveillance programs and in ongoing large prospective trials with cardiovascular outcomes. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy and safety of Jentadueto(R) (linagliptin plus metformin).
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety (2013), 12(2), 275-89

INTRODUCTION: Metformin is the first-choice drug in the management of type 2 diabetes. However, most patients require a combined therapy to reach and/or maintain targets of glucose control. Dipeptidyl ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Metformin is the first-choice drug in the management of type 2 diabetes. However, most patients require a combined therapy to reach and/or maintain targets of glucose control. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors offer new options for combined therapy with metformin. Linagliptin shares a similar pharmacodynamic (PD) profile with other gliptins, but has a unique pharmacokinetic (PK) profile characterized by negligible renal excretion. AREAS COVERED: An extensive literature search was performed to analyze the potential PK/PD interactions between linagliptin and metformin. They are not prone to PK drug-drug interactions. The two compounds may be administered together, either separately or using a fixed-dose combination (FDC) as shown by bioequivalence studies. The addition of linagliptin in patients not well controlled with metformin alone has proven its efficacy in improving glucose levels with a good safety profile. Initial co-administration of linagliptin plus metformin improves glucose control more potently than either compound separately, without hypoglycemia, weight gain or increased metformin-related gastrointestinal side effects. EXPERT OPINION: The linagliptin plus metformin combination may offer some advantages over the classical sulfonylurea-metformin combination. Even if linagliptin is safe in patients with renal impairment, the use of metformin (and thus of the linagliptin plus metformin FDC) is still controversial in this population. [less ▲]

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See detailThe safety of obesity drugs.
Van Gaal, Luc F; Scheen, André ULg; Formiguera, Xavier

in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety (2007), 6(5), 475-6477-8

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