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Ten-year trends in prescribing of antiarrhythmic drugs in Australian primary care patients with atrial fibrillation

Bezabhe, WM ORCID: 0000-0002-3028-6949, Bereznicki, LR ORCID: 0000-0003-3974-3437, Radford, J ORCID: 0000-0002-5751-0488, Salahudeen, MS ORCID: 0000-0001-9131-7465, Garrahy, E, Wimmer, BC ORCID: 0000-0003-3166-7126, Bindoff, I ORCID: 0000-0002-8170-8339 and Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882 2021 , 'Ten-year trends in prescribing of antiarrhythmic drugs in Australian primary care patients with atrial fibrillation' , Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 51, no. 10 , pp. 1732-1735 , doi: 10.1111/imj.15514.

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Abstract

Despite changes in antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) choice in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), trends in AAD prescribing remain not investigated. We aimed to examine these changes using a nationwide Australian general practice data from 2009 to 2018. Over the 10 years, AAD prescribing in patients with AF decreased, which was mainly due to a reduction in the use of amiodarone, sotalol and digoxin. In contrast, the use of beta-blockers and flecainide increased.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bezabhe, WM and Bereznicki, LR and Radford, J and Salahudeen, MS and Garrahy, E and Wimmer, BC and Bindoff, I and Peterson, GM
Keywords: antiarrhythmic drugs, atrial fibrillation, primary care, arrhythmia
Journal or Publication Title: Internal Medicine Journal
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1444-0903
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/imj.15514
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© 2021 Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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