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0 0.5 1 1.5 2+ Mortality -54% Improvement Relative Risk ICU admission 19% Hospitalization, combinati.. 40% Hospitalization, main 52% Hospitalization, case co.. 7% UDCA for COVID-19  Corpechot et al.  Prophylaxis Is prophylaxis with ursodeoxycholic acid beneficial for COVID-19? Retrospective 10,147 patients in France (March - December 2020) Higher mortality (p=0.45) and lower hospitalization (p=0.17), not sig. Corpechot et al., J. Medical Virology, Jan 2024 Favors ursodeoxycholic acid Favors control

Exploring the impact of ursodeoxycholic acid therapy on COVID‐19 in a real‐word setting

Corpechot et al., Journal of Medical Virology, doi:10.1002/jmv.29418
Jan 2024  
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Retrospective cohort study of 10,147 chronic liver disease patients in France, with 1,322 exposed to ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), showing lower risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 with UDCA exposure, without statistical significance (adjusted OR 0.48, 95% CI 0.20-1.19). A case-control analysis of 88 hospitalized patients and 840 matched controls showed no significant difference, and there was no significant difference for ICU admission and mortality. The study is underpowered due to the low number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
risk of death, 54.0% higher, RR 1.54, p = 0.45, treatment 3 of 1,322 (0.2%), control 13 of 8,825 (0.1%).
risk of ICU admission, 19.1% lower, RR 0.81, p = 1.00, treatment 4 of 1,322 (0.3%), control 33 of 8,825 (0.4%), NNT 1401.
risk of hospitalization, 40.2% lower, RR 0.60, p = 0.17, treatment 1,322, control 8,825, combination of cohort and case control analyses.
risk of hospitalization, 51.8% lower, RR 0.48, p = 0.11, treatment 6 of 1,322 (0.5%), control 80 of 8,825 (0.9%), NNT 221, adjusted per study, odds ratio converted to relative risk, multivariable.
risk of hospitalization, 7.0% lower, OR 0.93, p = 0.92, treatment 7 of 88 (8.0%) cases, 58 of 840 (6.9%) controls, adjusted per study, case control OR.
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Exploring the impact of ursodeoxycholic acid therapy on COVID‐19 in a real‐word setting
Christophe Corpechot, Marie Verdoux, Marie Frank‐soltysiak, Jean‐charles Duclos‐vallée, Lamiae Grimaldi
Journal of Medical Virology, doi:10.1002/jmv.29418
Recent data suggest that ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) therapy may reduce susceptibility to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and even improve clinical outcomes when coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) was diagnosed. However, clinical evidence of UDCA's ability to prevent severe forms of COVID-19 remains limited and contradictory. We evaluated the association between UDCA exposure and the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 in a large multicenter population of patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) followed during the pandemic period before vaccination. An exposed/unexposed cohort study and a nested case-control study were performed. The primary endpoint was severe COVID-19, defined as SARS-CoV2 infection requiring hospitalization. The secondary endpoint was COVID-19-associated intensive care unit (ICU) admission or death. Adjusted odds ratios (aOR) and their confidence intervals (CI) were determined after controlling for age, gender, comorbidities at risk for COVID-19, severity of CLD, and prior hospitalizations. A total of 10 147 patients, including 1322 exposed and 8825 not exposed to UDCA, totaling 21 867 person-years of follow-up, were included in the cohort analysis, while 88 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and 840 matched controls were eligible for the nested case-control analysis. In both analyses, exposure to UDCA was not associated with a significant reduction in the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19, with aOR (95% confidence interval) values of 0.48 (0.20-1.19) and 0.93 (0.26-3.29), respectively. Furthermore, there was no significant reduction in the risk of ICU admission or death. In this large population of patients with CLD, UDCA exposure was not associated with a reduced risk of severe COVID-19.
AUTHOR CONTRIBUTIONS Christophe Corpechot, Jean-Charles Duclos-Vallée, and Lamiae Grimaldi conceived and designed the study. Data were extracted and analyzed by Marie Verdoux and Lamiae Grimaldi. The first draft of the study was written by Christophe Corpechot and Lamiae Grimaldi. All authors participated in the revision of the manuscript, approved the submitted versions, and confirmed the accuracy and completeness of the data and the fidelity of the analysis to the protocol. CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT The authors declare no conflict of interest. SUPPORTING INFORMATION Additional supporting information can be found online in the Supporting Information section at the end of this article.
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