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Crowley MJ, Gokhale M, Pate V, Stürmer T, Buse JB. Impact of metformin use on the cardiovascular effects of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors: An analysis of Medicare claims data from 2007 to 2015. Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. 2018 Nov 20.
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Abstract: AIMS: To examine the outcomes of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor initiation with and without concurrent metformin treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified Medicare enrollees initiating a DPP-4 inhibitor, a sulphonylurea or a thiazolidinedione. Using propensity-score-weighted Poisson models, we evaluated 1-year cardiovascular (CV) outcome incidence among initiators of DPP-4 inhibitors versus comparators in subgroups with and without concurrent metformin use, and assessed the interaction between initiation drug and metformin. Outcomes included mortality, non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and a composite outcome. RESULTS: For the DPP-4 inhibitor (n?=?13?391) versus sulphonylurea (n?=?33?206) comparison, rate differences in composite outcome incidence favoured DPP-4 inhibitors: -2.0/100 person-years among metformin users (95% confidence interval [CI] -2.7 to -1.3) and?-?1.0/100 person-years (95% CI -1.8 to -0.2) among metformin non-users. Similar rate difference trends among metformin users and non-users were seen for mortality (-1.5/100 person-years [95% CI -2.1 to -0.9] and -0.7/100 person-years [95% CI -1.4 to 0.0]) and non-fatal MI (-0.5/100 person-years [95% CI -0.8, -0.3] and 0.1/100 person-years [95% CI -0.2 to 0.4]). The interaction between DPP-4 inhibitor initiation and metformin was statistically significant for non-fatal MI (P?=?0.008). For the DPP-4 inhibitor (n?=?22?210) versus thiazolidinedione (n?=?9517) comparison, rate differences in composite outcome incidence for DPP-4 inhibitor initiation were -0.6/100 person-years (95% CI -1.5 to 0.2) among metformin users and 1.0 (95% CI 0.0 to 2.0) among metformin non-users. Similar rate difference trends among metformin users and non-users were seen for mortality (-0.5/100 person-years [95% CI -1.3 to 0.1] and 0.8/100 person-years [95% CI -0.0 to 1.7]) and non-fatal MI (-0.1/100 person-years [95% CI -0.4 to 0.2] and 0.2/100 person-years [95% CI -0.1 to 0.6]). The interaction between DPP-4 inhibitor initiation and metformin was statistically significant for the composite outcome (P?=?0.024) and mortality (P?=?0.023). CONCLUSION: Incidence rate differences in multiple CV outcomes appeared more favourable when DPP-4 inhibitor initiation occurred in the presence of metformin, suggesting a possible interaction between DPP-4 inhibitors and metformin.