Patient and Provider Characteristics Associated With Sodium–Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitor Prescription in Patients With Diabetes and Proteinuric Chronic Kidney Disease
figureposted on 04.05.2020 by Ian E. McCoy, Jialin Han, Maria E. Montez-Rath, Glenn M. Chertow, Jinnie J. Rhee
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Despite accumulating evidence of cardiorenal benefits from sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, prescription of agents in this drug class may be limited by concerns regarding adverse effects and interdisciplinary care coordination. To investigate these potential barriers, we performed a cross-sectional study of SGLT2 inhibitor prescriptions in 2017 in 3,779 adults with type 2 diabetes and proteinuric chronic kidney disease from a nationwide database. Only 173 (5%) of these patients received an SGLT2 inhibitor in 2017. Younger age, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitor prescription, and higher estimated glomerular filtration rate were associated with SGLT2 inhibitor prescription. Primary care providers were responsible for the majority of the prescriptions. Continued efforts should be made to track and improve SGLT2 inhibitor use in indicated populations.