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The treatment rate of erectile dysfunction (ED) in younger men with Type 2 Diabetes is up to 4 times higher than the equivalent non-diabetes population
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  • Mike Stedman,
  • Martin Whyte,
  • Mark Lunt,
  • Marco Albanese,
  • Mark Livingston,
  • Roger Gadsby,
  • Geoff Hackett,
  • Simon Anderson,
  • Adrian Heald
Mike Stedman
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Martin Whyte
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Mark Lunt
The University of Manchester
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Marco Albanese
Herzzentrum Hirslanden Zentralschweiz,
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Mark Livingston
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
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Roger Gadsby
University of Warwick Warwick Medical School
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Geoff Hackett
University of Aston
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Simon Anderson
University of the West Indies at Cave Hill
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Adrian Heald
Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust
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Introduction Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is common in older age and in diabetes (DM). Phosphodiesterase type 5-inhibitors (PDE5-is) are the first-line for ED. We investigated how type of diabetes and age of males affects the PDE5-i use in the primary care setting. Methods 2018-19 general practice level quantity of all PDE5-i agents were taken from the GP Prescribing Data set in England. The variation in outcomes across practices was examined across one year, and for the same practice against the previous year. Results We included 5,761 larger practices supporting 25.8million men of whom 4.2million≥65 years old. Of these, 1.4million had T2DM, with 0.8million of these>65. 137,000 people had T1DM. 28.8million tablets of PDE5-i were prescribed within the 12 months (2018-19) period in 3.7million prescriptions (7.7 tablets/prescription), at total costs of £15.8million (£0.55/tablet). The NHS ED limit of 1 tablet/user/week suggests that 540,000 males are being prescribed a PDE5-i at a cost of £29/year each. With approximately 30,000 GPs practising, this is equivalent to one GP providing 2.5 prescriptions/week to overall 18 males. There was a 3x variation between the highest decile of practices (2.6 tablets/male/year) and lowest decile (0.96 tablets/male/year). The statistical model captured 14% of this variation and showed T1DM males were the largest users, while men age<65 with T2DM were being prescribed 4 times as much as non-DM. Those T2DM>65 were prescribed 80% of the non-DM amount. Conclusion There is wide variation in use of PDE5-is. With only 14% variance capture, other factors including wide variation in patient awareness, prescribing rules of local health providers, and recognition of the importance of male sexual health by GP prescribers might have significant impact.
12 Apr 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
16 Apr 2020Submission Checks Completed
16 Apr 2020Assigned to Editor
19 Apr 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
29 Apr 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 May 20201st Revision Received
09 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
09 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
09 May 2020Assigned to Editor
09 May 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
14 May 2020Editorial Decision: Accept