Temporal trends for donepezil utilization among older people

Henry C. Ndukwe, Prasad S. Nishtala

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To examine and characterize overall donepezil and concomitant utilization with β-blockers, yearly, in older New Zealanders. Deidentified data from the Pharmaceutical claims database and the National Minimum Dataset were obtained for 2011 to 2013 from the Ministry of Health. Population-level data were extracted for donepezil and β-blockers utilization, measured by defined daily dose (DDD) per thousand older people per day (TOPD). Donepezil utilization increased from 5.2 to 8.2 DDD/TOPD between 2011 and 2013. In 2011, the number of prevalent users was 4634, the mean age was 79.4±6.6 years and 57.5% were women. Highest use by age for donepezil was in those aged 85 years or older (2.3 DDD/TOPD), followed by those aged 80-84 years (2.2 DDD/TOPD). The mean utilization volumes were significantly lower for donepezil 5 mg (Student t-test= 9.86; P< 0.05) and 10 mg (10.90; P<0.05) in the 65- to 69-year age group compared with the 80- to 84-year age group, whereas the proportion of concomitant utilization of donepezil with β-blockers decreased (17.9% to 5.1%). Donepezil utilization in DDD/TOPD increased by three-fifths between 2011 and 2013. Prescribers appear to be aware of the potential risk of bradycardia with the concomitant use of donepezil and β-blockers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-175
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Clinical Psychopharmacology
Issue number3
Early online date16 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • Dementia
  • Donepezil
  • Older people
  • Utilization
  • β-blocker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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