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Patterns of ergotamine and sumatriptan use in the Netherlands from 1991 to1997
Rahimtoola, H; Egberts, ACG; Buurma, H; Tijssen, CC; Leufkens, HG;
SIR Inst Pharm Practice Res, Leiden, Netherlands SIR Inst Pharm Practice Res Leiden Netherlands Res, Leiden, Netherlands Utrecht Inst Pharmaceut Sci, Dept Pharmacoepidemiol & Pharmacotherapy, Utrecht, Netherlands Utrecht Inst Pharmaceut Sci Utrecht Netherlands y, Utrecht, Netherlands Hosp Pharm Midden Brabant, Tweesteden, Netherlands Hosp Pharm Midden Brabant Tweesteden Netherlands weesteden, Netherlands St Elisabeth Hosp, Dept Neurol, Tilburg, Netherlands St Elisabeth Hosp Tilburg Netherlands Dept Neurol, Tilburg, Netherlands
Titolo Testata:
fascicolo: 5, volume: 21, anno: 2001,
pagine: 596 - 603
usage patterns; ergotamine; sumatriptan; prescription data; anti-migraine therapeutic guidelines;
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Settore Disciplinare:
Clinical Medicine
Life Sciences
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Rahimtoola, H Utrecht Inst Pharmaceut Sci, Dept Pharmacoepidemiol, POB 80082, NL-3508 TBUtrecht, Netherlands Utrecht Inst Pharmaceut Sci POB 80082 Utrecht Netherlands NL-3508 TB
H. Rahimtoola et al., "Patterns of ergotamine and sumatriptan use in the Netherlands from 1991 to1997", CEPHALALGIA, 21(5), 2001, pp. 596-603


The objective of this study was to assess usage patterns of ergotamine andsumatriptan over a period of 6 years, primarily to evaluate the impact that sumatriptan has had on the prescription of ergotamine. This study used ergotamine and sumatriptan prescription data representing inhabitants of eight cities in the Netherlands and covering the period of 1991-1997. The yearly incidence of new users between 1991 and 1997 was estimated for both drugsas well as for the drug of first choice to be prescribed to patients initiating specific abortive migraine treatment with either ergotamine or sumatriptan. Intraindividual ergotamine and sumatriptan usage patterns, characterized by single (incidental), continuous (rate of retention) or switch use, were examined for five patient cohorts, each for a follow-up period of 1 year. During the year of sumatriptan introduction (1991-1992), the overall incidence of new use for both drugs was highest (5.4 per 1000 inhabitants). Hereafter, a substantial reduction of more than 50% was observed. From 1992 to 1996, the yearly incidence of ergotamine first-time use was significantly higher than that of sumatriptan and up to 1996 ergotamine was more than twice as likely than sumatriptan to be prescribed to patients initiating specific abortive treatment. Hereafter, sumatriptan was as likely as ergotamine to be prescribed as the drug of first choice, which coincided with the full reimbursement of sumatriptan tablets. Overall, neurologists were more likely than general practitioners (GPs), to prescribe sumatriptan as the drugof first choice. Approximately half of the total study population were identified as single-time users. This phenomonen occurred more frequently in the ergotamine cohorts. The sumatriptan cohorts displayed a slight yet significant stronger retention rate compared with the ergotamine cohorts. The overall impact of sumatriptan on ergotamine use in The Netherlands was marginal, predominantly due to GP's adherence to migraine treatment guidelines and reimbursement policies concerning sumatriptan tablets. Overall, incidental use was relatively high and may reflect the reported difficulties in diagnosing migraine, lack of patient-doctor consultation, or that anticipated benefits of the drug were not achieved. Further study is required to clarifythese issues.

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