A 15-year overview of increasing tramadol utilisation and associated mortality and the impact of tramadol classification in the United Kingdom

Chen, Teng-Chou and Chen, Li-Chia and Knaggs, Roger David (2017) A 15-year overview of increasing tramadol utilisation and associated mortality and the impact of tramadol classification in the United Kingdom. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety . ISSN 1099-1557

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aimed to develop hypotheses to explain the increasing tramadol utilisation, evaluate the impact of tramadol classification, and explore the trend between tramadol utilisation and related deaths in the United Kingdom.

Methods

This cross-sectional study used individual patient data, the Clinical Practice Research Datalink from 1993 to 2015, to calculate monthly defined daily dose (DDD)/1000 registrants, monthly prevalence and incidence of tramadol users, annual supply days, and mean daily dose of tramadol. Aggregated-level national statistics and reimbursement data from 2004 to 2015 were also used to quantify annual and monthly tramadol DDD/1000 inhabitants and rate of tramadol-related deaths in England and Wales. Interrupted time-series analysis was used to evaluate the impact of tramadol classification in June 2014.

Results

Prevalence of tramadol users increased from 23 to 97.6/10 000 registrants from 2000 to 2015. Both annual dose and annual supply days of existing tramadol users were higher than new users. Level and trend of monthly utilisation (β2: −12.9, β3: −1.6) and prevalence of tramadol users (β2: −6.4, β3: −0.37) significantly reduced after classification. Both annual tramadol utilisation and rate of tramadol-related deaths increased before tramadol classification and decreased thereafter.

Conclusions

Increasing tramadol utilisation was influenced by the increase in prevalence and incidence of tramadol users, mean daily dose, and day of supply. Prevalence of tramadol users, tramadol utilisation, and reported deaths declined after tramadol classification. Future studies need to evaluate the influencing factors to ensure the safety of long-term tramadol use.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Chen T-C, Chen L-C, Knaggs RD. A 15-year overview of increasing tramadol utilisation and associated mortality and the impact of tramadol classification in the United Kingdom. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2017;1–8, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pds.4320. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: drug utilisation; interrupted time series analysis; pharmacoepidemiology; tramadol classification; tramadol-related mortality
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
Identification Number: 10.1002/pds.4320
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 19:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48450

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