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Orlistat and the risk of acute liver injury

This week's issue of the British Medical Journal investigates the association between orlistat and the risk of acute liver injury.

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Dr Ian Douglas and colleagues from the United Kingdom measured the association between orlistat and acute liver injury.

The team performed a self controlled case series study in a population based primary care setting.

The research team evaluated 94,695 patients receiving orlistat, who were registered in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink and linked with Hospital Episode Statistics data between 1999 and 2011.

The team's main outcome measure included the relative incidence of acute liver injury comparing periods when patients were receiving orlistat with periods of non-usage.

The incidence remained raised during the first 30 days of treatment
British Medical Journal

Among 94,695 patients who received orlistat, 988 cases of acute liver injury were identified, with 335 confirmed as definite cases and 653 as probable cases.

For all cases an increased incidence of liver injury was detected during the 90 day period before orlistat was first started, with an incidence rate ratio of 1.50.

The incidence remained raised during the first 30 days of treatment, before returning to baseline levels with prolonged treatment.

When the risk during the first 90 days of treatment was compared with the 90 days preceding first treatment, the incidence of liver injury was not increased.

The team showed no evidence of an increased risk of liver injury during treatment.

Dr Douglas' team concludes, "The incidence of acute liver injury was higher in the periods both immediately before and immediately after the start of orlistat treatment."

"This suggests that the observed increased risks of liver injury linked to the start of treatment may reflect changes in health status associated with the decision to begin treatment rather than any causal effect of the drug."

BMJ 2013; 346: f1936
06 May 2013

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