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Publications based on data from Norwegian Prescription Database

List of publications based on data from the Norwegian Prescription Database (NorPD) as of 2014.


Fredheim OM, Mahic M, Skurtveit S, Dale O, Romundstad P, Borchgrevink PC. Chronic pain and use of opioids: a population based pharmacoepidemiological study from the Norwegian prescription database and the Nord-Trøndelag health study (HUNT). Pain 2014 Mar 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Mellbye A, Karlstad O, Skurtveit S, Borchgrevink PC, Fredheim OM. Co-morbidity in persistent opioid users with chronic non-malignant pain in Norway. Eur J Pain. 2014 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Svendsen K, Fredheim OM, Romundstad P, Borchgrevink PC, Skurtveit S. Persistent opioid use and socio-economic factors: a population-based study in Norway. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2014;58:437-445.

Andersen JB, Heldal AT, Engeland A, Gilhus NE. Myasthenia gravis epidemiology in a national cohort; combining multiple disease registries. Acta Neurol Scand Suppl. 2014;(198):26-31

Karlstad Ø, Furu K, Skurtveit S, Selmer R. Prescribing of Drugs for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Opioid Maintenance Treatment Patients in Norway. Eur Addict Res 2014;20:59-65.

Skrivarhaug T, Stene LC, Drivvoll AK, Strom H, Joner G. Incidence of type 1 diabetes in Norway among children aged 0-14 years between 1989 and 2012: has the incidence stopped rising? Results from the Norwegian Childhood Diabetes Registry. Diabetologia 2014;57:57-62.

Langballe EM, Engdahl B, Nordeng H, Ballard C, Aarsland D, Selbaek G. Short- and Long-Term Mortality Risk Associated with the Use of Antipsychotics Among 26,940 Dementia Outpatients: A Population-Based Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2014;22:321-331.

Nordfjærn T, Bjerkeset O, Bratberg G, Moylan S, Berk M, Grawe R. Socio-demographic, lifestyle and psychological predictors of benzodiazepine and z-hypnotic use patterns. Nord J Psychiatry 2014;68:107-116.

Grytli HH, Fagerland MW, Fosså SD, Taskén KA. Association Between Use of b-Blockers and Prostate Cancer-Specific Survival: A Cohort Study of 3561 Prostate Cancer Patients with High-Risk or Metastatic Disease. European Urology 2014;65:635-641.


Bakken MS, Engeland A, Engesaeter LB, Ranhoff AH, Hunskaar S, Ruths S. Increased risk of hip fracture among older people using antidepressant drugs: data from the Norwegian Prescription Database and the Norwegian Hip Fracture Registry. Age Ageing 2013; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1093/ageing/aft009

Berge LI, Riise T, Fasmer OB, Hundal O, Oedegaard KJ, Midthjell K, et al. Does diabetes have a protective effect on migraine? Epidemiology 2013;24:129-34.

Brelin S, Loge JH, Skurtveit S, Johannesen TB, Aass N, Ottesen S, et al. Antidepressants to cancer patients during the last year of life--a population-based study. Psychooncology 2013;22:506-14.

Engeland A, Bjørge T, Daltveit AK, Skurtveit S, Vangen S, Vollset SE, et al. Effects of preconceptional paternal drug exposure on birth outcomes: Cohort study of 340000 pregnancies using Norwegian population-based databases. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2013;75:1134-41.

Fossum GH, Lindbaek M, Gjelstad S, Dalen I, Kvaerner KJ. Are children carrying the burden of broad-spectrum antibiotics in general practice? Prescription pattern for paediatric outpatients with respiratory tract infections in Norway. BMJ Open 2013;3:e002285.

Grytli HH, Fagerland MW, Fosså SD, Taskén KA. Association Between Use of b-Blockers and Prostate Cancer-Specific Survival: A Cohort Study of 3561 Prostate Cancer Patients with High-Risk or Metastatic Disease. European Urology 2013; [In press]. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2013.01.007

Klovstad H, Natas O, Tverdal A, Aavitsland P. Systematic screening with information and home sampling for genital Chlamydia trachomatis infections in young men and women in Norway: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013;13:Article number 30.

Kravdal O. The poorer cancer survival among the unmarried in Norway: Is much explained by comorbidities? Social Science and Medicine 2013;81:42-52.

Log T, Skurtveit S, Selmer R, Tverdal A, Furu K, Hartz I. The association between prescribed opioid use for mothers and children: a record-linkage study. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2013;69:111-8.

Lund IO, Skurtveit S, Engeland A, Furu K, Ravndal E, Handal M. Prescription drug use among pregnant women in opioid Maintenance Treatment. Addiction 2013;108:367-76.

Nordeng H, Lupattelli A, Romøren M, Koren G. Neonatal outcomes after gestational exposure to nitrofurantoin. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2013;121:306-13.

Nordfjærn T, Bjerkeset O, Bratberg G, Moylan S, Berk M, Grawe R. Socio-demographic, lifestyle and psychological predictors of benzodiazepine and z-hypnotic use patterns. Nord J Psychiatry 2013; [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.3109/08039488.2013.775342

Persheim MS, Helland A, Spigset O, Slordal L. Potensielt vanedannende legemidler på blåresept ved kroniske sterke smerter. [Potentially addictive drugs on reimbursable prescription for chronic severe pain]. Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening 2013;133:150-4. In Norwegian.

Skollerud LM, Fredheim OM, Svendsen K, Skurtveit S, Borchgrevink PC. Laxative prescriptions to cancer outpatients receiving opioids: A study from the Norwegian prescription database. Supportive Care in Cancer 2013;21:67-73.

Stene LE, Jacobsen GW, Dyb G, Tverdal A, Schei B. Intimate partner violence and cardiovascular risk in women: A population-based cohort study. Journal of Women's Health 2013;22:250-8.

Stephansson O, Kieler H, Haglund B, Artama M, Engeland A, Furu K, et al. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy and risk of stillbirth and infant mortality. JAMA 2013;309:48-54.

Welle-Strand GK, Skurtveit S, Jones HE, Waal H, Bakstad B, Bjarkø L, et al. Neonatal outcomes following in utero exposure to methadone or buprenorphine: A National Cohort Study of opioid-agonist treatment of Pregnant Women in Norway from 1996 to 2009. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013;127:200-6.


Berge LI, Riise T, Fasmer OB, Lund A, Oedegaard KJ, Hundal O. Risk of depression in diabetes is highest for young persons using oral anti-diabetic agents. Diabet Med. 2012;29:509-14.

Blix HS, Hjellvik V. Økt bruk av antibiotika blant 19-åringer i mai. [Increased use of antibiotics among nineteen-year-olds in May]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2012 ;132:1084-8. In Norwegian.

Bramness JG, Furu K, Skurtveit S, Engeland A. Effect of withdrawal of carisoprodol on use of other prescribed drugs with abuse potential. Clin Pharmacol Therap 2012;91:438-41.

Bramness JG, Skurtveit S, Mørland J, Engeland A. An increased risk of motor vehicle accidents after prescription of methadone. Addiction. 2012;107:967-72.

Brelin S, Loge JH, Skurtveit S, Johannesen TB, Aass N, Ottesen S, Hjermstad MJ. Antidepressants to cancer patients during the last year of life - a population-based study. Psychooncology. 2012;107:967-72.

Devold H, Furu K, Skurtveit S, Tverdal A, Falck JA, Søgård AJ. Influence of socioeconomic factors on the adherence of alendronate treatment in incident users in Norway. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2012;21:297-304.

Fasmer OB, Riise T, Lund A, Dilsaver SC, Hundal O, Ødegaard KJ. Comorbidity of migraine with ADHD. J Attend Disord 2012;16:339-45.

Gedde-Dahl A, Devold HM, Molden E. Statin medication in patients treated with antiepileptic drugs in Norway. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2012 Apr 23. doi: 10.1002/pds.3287. [Epub ahead of print]

Gjelsvik B, Heyerdahl F, Hawton K. Prescribed medication availability and deliberate self-poisoning: a longitudinal study. J Clin Psychiatry. 2012;73:e548-54.

Handal M, Skurtveit S, Mørland JG. Samtidig bruk av ulike benzodiazepiner. [Co-medication with benzodiazepines]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2012;132:526-30. In Norwegian.

Kieler H, Artama M, Engeland A, Ericsson O,Furu K,Gissler M, Nørgaard M, Nielsen RB, Stephansson O, Valdimarsdottir U, Zoega H, Haglund B. Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy and risks of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn: population based cohort study from the five Nordic countries BMJ. 2012 Jan 12;344:d8012. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d8012.

Kjosavik SR, Ruths S, Hunskår S. Use of addictive anxiolytics and hypnotics in a national cohort of incident users in Norway. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2012;68: 311-9.

Log T, Skurtveit S, Selmer R, Tverdal A, Furu K, Hartz I. The association between prescribed opioid use for mothers and children: a record-linkage study. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2012 Jun 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Neutel I, Skurtveit S, Berg C. Polypharmacy of potentially addictive medication in the older persons - quantifying usage. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2012;21:199-206

Nordbø A, Skurtveit S, Borchgrevink PC, Kaasa S, Fredheim OM. Low-dose transdermal buprenorphine - long-term use and co-medication with other potentially addictive drugs. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2012;56:88-94.

Nyborg G, Straand J, Brekke M. Inappropriate prescribing for the elderly - a modern epidemic? Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2012 Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Romøren M, Lindbaek M, Nordeng H.Pregnancy outcome after gestational exposure to erythromycin-a population-based register study from Norway. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2012 Mar 30. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04286.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Selmer R, Blix HS, Landmark K, Reikvam A. Choice of initial antihypertensive drugs and persistence of drug use-a 4-year follow-up of 78,453 incident users. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2012 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Skjeldestad FE. [Prescribing contraception for young women]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2012;132:292-4. In Norwegian

Skollerud LM, Fredheim OM, Svendsen K, Skurtveit S, Borchgrevink PC. Laxative prescriptions to cancer outpatients receiving opioids: a study from the Norwegian prescription database. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Jun 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Steffenak AKM, Wilde-Larsson B, Skurtveit S, Furu K, Nordström G, Hartz I. Mental distress and subsequent use of psychotropic drugs among adolescents - a prospective register linkage study. J Adolescent Health 2012;50:578-87

Stene LE, Dyb G, Tverdal A, Jacobsen GW, Schei B. Intimate partner violence and prescription of potentially addictive drugs: prospective cohort study of women in the Oslo Health Study. BMJ Open. 2012 Apr 5;2(2):e000614. Print 2012.

Viktil KK, Engeland A, Furu K. Outcomes after antirheumatic drug use before and during pregnancy - a cohort study among 150 000 pregnant women and expectant fathers. Scand J Rheum 2012;41:196-201.

Åsvold BO, Vatten LJ, Midthjell K, Bjøro T. Serum TSH within the reference range as a predictor of future hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism: 11-year follow-up of the HUNT Study in Norway. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012;97:93-9.  


Berg C, Sakshaug S, Handal M, Skurtveit S. Z-hypnotika - Sovemidlene som dominerer markedet i Norge. Norsk Farmaceutisk Tidsskrift 2011;4:20-23.

Blix H, Hjellvik V, Litleskare I, Rønning M, Tverdal A. Cigarette smoking and risk of subsequent use of antibacterials: a follow-up of 365 117 men and women. J Antimicrob Chemother 2011;66:2159-67.

Bramness JG, Sexton JA. The basic pharmacoepidemiology of benzodiazepine use in Norway 2004-9. Norsk Epidemiologi 2011; 21: 35-42

Brekke M, Straand J. Does present use of cardiovascular medication reflect elevated cardiovascular risk scores estimated ten years ago? A population based longitudinal observation study. BMC Public Health. 2011;11:144.

Dalen DM, Furu K, Locatelli M, Strøm S. Generic substitution: micro evidence from register data in Norway. Eur J Health Econ 2011;12:49-59.

Engeland A, Bjørge T, Daltveit AK, Skurtveit S, Vangen S, Vollset SE, Furu K. Risk of diabetes after gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. A registry-based study of 230.000 women in Norway. Eur J Epidemiol 2011;26:157-63.

Espnes MG, Bjørge T, Engeland A. Comparison of recorded medication use in the Medical Birth Registry of Norway with prescribed medicines registered in the Norwegian Prescription Database. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011;20:243-8.

Fasmer OB, Riise T, Eagan TM, Lund A, Dilsaver SC, Hundal Ø, Ødegaard KJ. Comorbidity of asthma with ADHD. J Atten Disord 2011;15:564-71.

Fredheim OM, Borchgrevink P, Nordstrand B, Clausen T, Skurtveit S. Prescription of analgesics to patients in opioid maintenance therapy: A pharmacoepidemiological study.  Drug Alcohol Depend 2011;116:158-62.

Fredheim OM, Moksnes K, Borchgrevink PC, Skurtveit S. Opoid switching to methadone: a pharmacoepidemiological study from a national prescription database. Palliat Med 2011 Jun 22 [Epub ahead of print]

Furu K, Karlstad Ø, Skurtveit S, Håberg SE, Nafstad P, London SJ, Nystad W. High validity of mother-reported use of antiasthmatics among children: a comparison with a population-based prescription database. J Clin Epidemiol 2011;64:878-84.

Furu K, Skurtveit S. Legemidler forskrevet til barn og ungdom i alderen 0-17 år i Norge. En studie basert på data fra Reseptregisteret. Norsk Farmaceutisk Tidsskrift 2011;119:14-7. In Norwegian.

Ghaderi S, Nordbø SA, Bakken IJ. Chlamydiainfeksjon i Sør-Trøndelag – behandling og oppfølging. [Chlamydia infections in South Trøndelag – treatment and follow-up]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2011;131:461-3. In Norwegian.

Godman B, Sakshaug S, Berg C, Wettermark B, Haycox A. Combination of prescribing restrictions and policies to engineer low prices to reduce reimbursement costs. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2011;11:121-9.

Godman B, Shrank W, Andersen M, Berg C, Bishop I, Burkhardt T, Garuoliene K, Herholz H, Joppi R, Kalaba M, Laius O, Lonsdale J, Malmström R, Martikainen J, Samaluk V, Sermet C, Schwabe U, Teixeira I, Tilson L, Tulunay F, Vlahovic-Palcevski V, Wendykowska K, Wettermark B, Zara Corinne Gustafsson L. Policies to enchance prescribing effiency in Europe: findings and future implications. Frontiers in Pharmacology 2011

Gjelstad S, Straand J, Dalen I, Fetveit A, Strøm H, Lindbæk M

Do general practitioners’ consultation rates influence their prescribing patterns of antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections? J Antimicrob Chemother 2011;66:2425-33. 

Hancock D, Håberg SE, Furu K, Whitworth KV, Nafstad P, Nystad W, London SJ. Oral contraceptive pill use before pregnancy and respiratory outcomes in early childhood. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2011;22:528-36.

Handal M, Engeland A, Rønning M, Skurtveit S, Furu K. Use of prescribed opioid analgesics and co-medication with benzodiazepines in women before, during and after pregnancy. A population based cohort study. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2011;67:953-60

Harman C, Reid M, Thomas KV.In situ calibration of a passive sampling device for selected illicit drugs and their metabolites in wastewater, and subsequent year-long assessment of community drug usage. Environ Sci Technol. 2011;45:5676-82.

Hartz I, Bramness JG, Skurtveit S. Prescription of antidepressants to patients on opioid maintenance therapy – a pharmacoepidemiological study Norsk Epidemiologi 2011;21:77-83. 

Hartz I, Tverdal, Aa, Skurtveit S. Langtidsbruk av benzodiazepiner i kombinasjon med opioider og z-hypnotika blant uføretrygdede i Norge. Norsk Farmaceutisk Tidsskrift 2011; 119, 24-28

Hjellvik V, Tverdal A, Strøm H. Boiled coffee intake and subsequent risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Epidemiology 2011;22:418-21.

Hofvind S, Sakshaug S, Ursin G, Graff-Iversen S. Breast cancer incidence trends in Norway –explained by hormone therapy or mammographic screening? International Journal of Cancer 2011;95:51-9.

Karlstad Ø, Tverdal A, Skurtveit S, Nafstad P, Furu K. A prospective study of asthma and subsequent use of hypnotics in young adults. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011;20:370-7

Karlstad Ø, Nafstad p, Tverdal A, Skurtveit S, Furu K. Comorbidities in an asthma population 8-29 years old: a study from the Norwegian Prescription Database. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011; Sep 23.[Epub ahead of print].

Kjosavik SR, Hunskaar S, Aarsland D, Ruths S. Initial prescription of antipsychotics and antidepressants in general practice and specialist care in Norway. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2011;123:459-65.

Kvaale MK, Grave K, Bangen M, Norström M. Forskrivning av antibakterielle midler til hund og katt i Norge i perioden 2005-2008. Norsk Veterinærtidsskrift 2011;123:76-79. Norwegian.

Landmark CJ, Fossmark H, Larsson PG, Rytter E, Johannessen SI. Prescription patterns of antiepileptic drugs in patients with epilepsy in a nation-wide population. Epilepsy Res. 2011;95:51-9.

Landmark CJ, Larsson PG, Rytter E, Johannessen SI. Oppklarende om pregabalin og Reseptregisteret [Clarification about pregabalin and the Norwegian Prescription Database]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2011;131:800-1. In Norwegian

Langballe EM, Engdahl B, Selbaek G, Nordeng H. Concomitant use of anti-dementia drugs with psychotropic drugs in Norway--a population-based study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2011;20:1319-26

Log T, Hartz I, Handal M, Tverdal A, Furu K, Skurtveit S. The association between smoking and subsequent repeated use of prescribed opioids among adolescents and young adults – a population-based cohort study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011;20:90-8.

Log T, Hartz I, Tverdal A, Furu K, Skurtveit S. Dispensing of prescribed analgesics in Norway among young people with foreign- or Norwegian-born parents. Scand J Pain 2011;2:36-44. 

Mahic M, Skurtveit S, Selmer R, Rønning M, Furu K. Prevalence, incidence and persistence of etanercept and adalimimab in Norway 2005-2009. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2011;20:457-63.

Neubert A, Hsia Y, de Jong-van den Berg LT, Janhsen K, Glaeske G, Furu K, Kieler H, Nørgaard M, Clavenna A, Wong IC. Comparison of anti-diabetic drug prescribing in children and adolescents in seven European countries. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2011;72:969-77.

Skurtveit S, Furu K, Handal M, Borchgrevink P, Fredheim O. To what extent does a cohort of new users of weak opioids develop persistent or probable problematic opioid use? Pain 2011;152:1555-61.

Svendsen K, Skurtveit S, Romundstad P, Borchgrevink PC, Fredheim OM. Differential patterns of opioid use: Defining persistent opioid use in a prescription database. Eur J Pain. 2011 Dec 19. doi: 10.1002/j.1532-2149.2011.00018.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Zoega H, Furu K, Halldórsson M, Thomsen PH, Sourander A, Martikainen JE.Use of ADHD drugs in the Nordic countries: A population-based comparison study. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2011;123:360-7.

Ødegaard KJ, Dilsaver SC, Hundal O, Riise T, Lund A, Akiskal HS, Fasmer OB. Are migraine and bipolar disorders comorbid phenomena?: findings from a pharmacoepidemiological study using the Norwegian Prescription Database. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2011;31:734-9.

Ødegaard KJ, Riise T, Dilsaver S, Lund A, Akiskal H, Fasmer OB, Hundal Ø. A pharmaco-epidemiological study of migraine and antidepressant medications: Complete one year data from the Norwegian population. J Affective Disorders 2011;129:198-204.


Amundsen MO, Engdahl B, Berg C, Nordeng H. Cardiovascular co-medication among users of antiobesity drugs: a population-based study. Pharm World Sci. 2010;32:752-8.

Amundsen MO, Engdahl B, Berg C, Nordeng H. Use of psychotropic drugs and analgesics among users of antiobesity drugs - a population based study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2010;19:273-9.

Andersen JB, Engeland A, Owe JF, Gilhus NE. Myasthenia gravis requiring pyridostigmine treatment in a national population cohort. Eur J Neurol 2010;17:1445-50.

Berg A, Furu K, Einen, M, Spigseth O: Bør barn behandles med efedrin mikstur? [Should children be treated with ephedrine mixture?].  Tidsskr Nor Lægeforen 2010;24: 2474-5. In Norwegian.

Berge HM, Gjelstad S, Furu K, Straand J. Glukosaminbruk reduserer ikke behovet for analgetika [Use of glucosamine does not reduce the need for other pain-relieving drugs]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2010;130:1463-6. In Norwegian.

Bramness JG, Rossow I. Can the total consumption of a medicinal drug be used as an indicator of excessive use? The case of carisoprodol. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy 2010;17:168-80

Bramness J, Sandvik P, Engeland A, Skurtveit S. Does pregabalin (Lyrica) help patients reduce their use of benzodiazepines? A comparison with gabapentin using the Norwegian Prescription Database. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol 2010;107:883-6

Devold HM, Doung GM, Tverdal A, Furu K, Meyer HE, Falch JA, Søgaard AJ. Prescription of anti-osteoporosis drugs during 2004-2007 – a nationwide register study in Norway. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2010;66:299-306.

Fredheim OM, Skurtveit S, Breivik H, Borchgrevink P. Increasing use of opoids from 2004 to 2007 – Pharmacoepidemiological data from a complete national prescription database in Norway. Eur J Pain 2010;14:289-294.

Fredheim OM, Log T, Olsen W, Skurtveit S, Sagen Ø, Borchgrevink P. Prescription of opioids to children and adolescents; a study from a national prescription database in Norway. Pediatric Anesthesia 2010;20:537-544.

Furu K, Skurtveit S, Strøm H, Rønning M. Reseptregisteret 2004-2009 - en kilde til informasjon. Norsk Farmaceutisk Tidsskrift 2010;12:29-31.

Furu K, Wettermark B, Andersen M, Martikainen JE, Almarsdottir AB, Sørensen HT. The Nordic Countries as a cohort for pharmacoepidemiological research. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol 2010;106:86-94. 

Gjerden P, Slørdal L, Bramness JG. Prescription persistence and safety of antipsychotic medication: a national registry-based 3-year follow-up. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2010;66:911-7.

Hartz I, Tverdal A, Skille E, Skurtveit S. Disability pension as a predictor of later use of benzodiazepines among benzodiazepines users. Soc Sci Med 2010;70:921-5.

Hausken AM, Furu K, Tverdal A, Skurtveit S. Mental distress and subsequent use of anxiolytic drugs - a prospective population-based cohort study of 16 000 individuals. Scand J Public Health 2010;38:465-73.

Hjellvik V, Tverdal A, Furu K. Body mass index as predictor for asthma: a cohort study of 118 723 males and females. Eur Resp J 2010;35:1235-42.

Hunskaar S, Welle-Nilsen LK. The market lifecycle of duloxetine for urinary incontinence in Norway. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2010;89:217-22

Kann IC, Biørn E, Lurås H. Competition in general practice: prescriptions to the elderly in a list patient system. J Health Econ. 2010;29:751-64

Karlstad Ø, Nafstad P, Tverdal A, Skurtveit S, Furu K. Prevalence, incidence and persistence of anti-asthma medication use in 2- to 29-year-olds: a nationwide prescription study. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2010;66:399-406.

Karouni M, Arulthas S, Larsson PG, Rytter E, Johannessen SI, Landmark CJ. Psychiatric comorbidity in patients with epilepsy: a population-based study. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2010;66:1151-60.

Kjome RL, Granas AG, Nerhus K, Roraas TH, Sandberg S. The prevalence of self-monitoring of blood glucose and costs of glucometer strips in a nationwide cohort. Diabetes Technol Ther 2010;12:701-5.

Kornør H, Pedersen W, von Soest T, Rossow I, Bramness JG. Bruk av benzodiazepiner og cannabis blant unge voksne [Use of benzodiazepines and cannabis in young adults]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2010 ;130:928-31. In Norwegian.

Skurtveit S, Furu K, Bramness J, Selmer R, Tverdal A. Benzodiazepines predict use of opioids– a follow-up study of 17 074 men and women. Pain Med 2010;11:805-14.

Skurtveit S, Furu K, Selmer R, Handal M, Tverdal A. Nicotine dependence predicts repeated use of prescribed opioids. Prospective population-based cohort study. Ann Epidemiol 2010;20:890-7.

Vandraas K, Spigset O, Mahic M, Slørdal S. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: use and co-treatment with potentially interacting medications in the elderly. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2010;66:823-9.


Bachs LC, Engeland A, Mørland JG, Skurtveit S. The risk of motor vehicle accidents involving drivers with prescriptions for codeine or tramadol. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2009;85:596-9.

Bramness JG. Bruk av litium i Oslo og i Sogn og Fjordane [Use of lithium in the Norwegian counties Oslo and Sogn og Fjordane]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2009;129:855-7. In Norwegian.

Bramness JG. Ungdom og dagliglivets smerter. [Adolescents and everyday life pains]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2009; 129:1444. In Norwegian.

Bramness JG, Grøholt B, Engeland A, Furu K. The use of lithium, valproate or lamotrigine for psychiatric conditions in children and adolescents in Norway 2004-2007 – a prescription database study. J Affect Disord 2009; 117:208-11.

Bramness JG, Skurtveit S, Neutel I, Mørland J, Engeland A. An increased risk of road traffic accidents after prescriptions of lithium or valproate? Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2009;18:492-6.

Bramness JG, Weitoft GR, Hallas J. Use of lithium in the adult populations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. J Affect Disord 2009;118:224-8.

Devold H, Molden E, Skurtveit S, Furu K. Co-medication of statins and CYP3A4 inhibitors before and after introduction of new reimbursement policy. Brit J Clin Pharmacol 2009;67:234-41.

Engeland A, Bjørge T, Daltveit AK, Vollset SE, Furu K. Validation of disease registration in pregnant women in the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2009;88:1083-9.

Fredheim OM, Skurtveit S, Moroz A, Breivik H, Borchgrevink P. Prescription pattern of codeine for non-malignant pain in Norway- a pharmacoepidemiological study from The Norwegian Prescription Database. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 2009;53:627-33.

Gjerden P, Bramness JG, Slørdal L. The use and potential abuse of anticholinergic antiparkinson drugs in Norway: a pharmacoepidemiological study. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2009;67:228-33.

Gjerden P, Slørdal L, Bramness JG. Association between the use of anticholinergic antiparkinson drugs and safety and receptor drug-binding profiles of antipsychotic agents. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2009;65:1229-35.

Gjerden P, Slørdal L, Bramness JG. The use of antipsychotic and anticholinergic antiparkinson drugs in Norway after the withdrawal of orphenadrine. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2009;68:238-42.

Hartz I, Lundesgaard E, Tverdal A, Skurtveit S. Disability pension is associated with the use of benzodiazepines 20 years later: A prospective study. Scand J Public Health 2009;37:320-6.

Hartz I, Tverdal A, Skurtveit S. A comparison of self-reported data on disability pension status with data from a nationwide administrative register. Nor J Epidemiol 2009;19:169-172.

Hartz I, Tverdal A, Skurtveit S. Social inequalities in use of potentially addictive drugs in Norway – use among disability pensioners. Nor J Epidemiol 2009;19:209-218.

Hauge S, Blix HS, Borgen K, Hungnes O, Dudman SG, Aavitsland P. Sales of oseltamivir in Norway prior to the emergence of oseltamivir resistant influenza A(H1N1) viruses in 2007-08. Virol J 2009;6:54.

Hausken AM, Furu K, Skurtveit S, Engeland A, Bramness JG. Starting insomnia treatment: the use of benzodiazepines versus z-hypnotics. A prescription database study of predictors. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2009;65:295-301.

Håkonsen GD, Pettersen MH, Skurtveit S, Giverhaug T. Samtidig bruk av warfarin, analgetika og antiinflammatoriske midler. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2009;129:1217-20. In Norwegian.

Kjosavik SR, Ruths S, Hunskaar S. Psychotropic drug use in the Norwegian general population in 2005: data from the Norwegian Prescription Database Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2009;18:572-8.

Landmark CJ, Larsson P, Rytter E, Johannessen SI. Antiepileptic drugs in epilepsy and other disorders - a population-based study of prescriptions. Epilepsy Res 2009; 87: 31-9.

Selmer R, Sakshaug S, Skurtveit S, Furu K, Tverdal A. Statin treatment in a cohort of 20 212 men and women in Norway according to cardiovascular risk factors and level of education. Brit J Clin Pharmacol 2009;67:355-62.

Skurtveit S, Furu K, Kaasa S, Borchgrevink P. Introduction of low dose transdermal buprenorphine - did it influence use of potentially addictive drugs in chronic non-malignant pain patients? Eur J Pain 2009;13:949-53.

Skurtveit S, Strøm H, Skrivarhaug T, Mørland J, Bramness J, Engeland A. Road traffic accident risk in patients with diabetes mellitus, receiving blood glucose-lowering drugs. Prospective follow-up study. Diabet Med 2009; 26:404-08.

Viktil K, Engeland A, Furu K. Use of antirheumatic drugs in mothers and fathers before and during pregnancy – a population-based cohort study Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2009;18:737-42.

Winther RB, Bramness JG. Legemiddelshopping av vanedannende medikamenter i Norge [Prescription shopping of addictive drugs in Norway]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen  2009;129:517-20. In Norwegian.


Bachs LC, Bramness JG, Engeland A, Skurtveit S. Repeated dispensing of codeine is associated with high consumption of benzodiazepines. Nor J Epidemiol 2008;18:185-90.

Berg A, Furu K, Spigset O. Slimhinneavsvellende nesedråper og nesespray hos barn [Nasal decongestants and nasal sprays in children].Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2008;128:2582-3. In Norwegian.

Bramness JG, Buajordet I, Skurtveit S. The role of pharmacoepidemiological studies in the market withdrawal of carisoprodol (Somadril®) in Europe. Nor J Epidemiol 2008;18:167-72.

Bramness JG, Skurtveit S. Carisoprodol should be taken of the market. South Med J 2008;101:1074-5.

Bramness JG , Skurtveit S, Neutel CI, Mørland J, Engeland A. Minor increase in risk of road traffic accidents after prescriptions of antidepressants. J Clin Psych 2008; 69:1099-1103.

Brekke M, Rognstad, Straand J, Furu K, Gjelstad S, Bjørner T, Dalen I. Pharmacologically inappropriate prescriptions for elderly patients in general practice: How common? Baseline data from The Prescription Peer Academic Detailing (Rx-PAD) study. Scand J Prim Health Care 2008;26:80-5.

Engeland A, Bramness JG, Daltveit AK, Rønning M, Skurtveit S, Furu K. Prescription druguse among fathers and mothers before and during pregnancy. A population-based cohort study of 106,000 pregnancies in Norway 2004-06. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2008;65:653-60.

Engeland A, Bramness JG, Mørland J, Skurtveit S. Veitrafikkulykker knyttet til forskrivning av legemidler: en registerbasert kohortstudie. [Traffic accident risks associated with the prescription of medicinal drugs: a registry-based cohort study] Nor J Epidemiol 2008;18: 159-66.

Fetveit A, Straand J, Bjorvatn B. Sleep disturbances in an arctic population: the Tromsø Study. BMC Health Serv Res 2008;8:117.

Furu K. Establishment of the nationwide Norwegian Prescription Database (NorPD) - New opportunities for research in pharmacoepidemiology in Norway. Nor J Epidemiol 2008; 18:129-36.

Gustavsen I, Bramness JG, Skurtveit S, Engeland A, Neutel CI, Mørland J. Road traffic accident risk related to prescriptions of the hypnotics zopiclone, zolpidem, flunitrazepam and nitrazepam. Sleep Med 2008;9:818-22.

Hagen K. Stovner LJ. Skorpen F. Pettersen E. Zwart JA. COMT genotypes and use of antipsychotic medication: linking population-based prescription database to the HUNT study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2008;17:372-7.

Litleskare I, Blix H, Rønning M. Antibiotikaforbruk i Norge [Antibiotic use in Norway]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2008;128:2324-9. In Norwegian.

Olsen AS, Ottesen S. Varierende forskrivning av opioider til norske kreftpasienter [Variable prescription of opioids to cancer patients in Norway]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2008;128:1271-4. In Norwegian.

Skurtveit S, Furu K, Bramness JG, Tverdal A. Benzodiazepine use in all alcohol consumers predicts use of opioids in patients 20 years later – a follow-up study of 13 390 men and women aged 40-42 years. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2008;17:926-933.

Skurtveit S, Selmer R, Tverdal A, Furu K. The validity of self-reported prescription medication use among adolescents varied by therapeutic class. J Clin Epidemiol 2008;61:714-17.

Strøm H, Sakshaug S, Skurtveit S. Use of statins in patients receiving oral blood glucose-lowering drugs. Nor J Epidemiol 2008;18:191-94.


Al-Haroni M, Skaug N. Incidence of antibiotic prescribing in dental practice in Norway and its contribution to national consumption. J Antimicrob Chemother 2007;59:1161-6.

Blix HS, Engeland A, Litleskare I, Rønning M. Age- and gender-specific antibacterial prescribing in Norway. J Antimicrob Chemother 2007;59:971-6.

Bramness JG, Engeland A, Furu K. Antidepressiver hos barn og ungdom – førte advarsler til færre forskrivninger? [The use of antidepressants amongst children and adolescents – did the warnings lead to fewer prescriptions?] Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2007;127:2653-5. In Norwegian.

Bramness JG, Furu K, Engeland A,  Skurtveit S. Carisoprodol use and abuse in Norway. A pharmacoepidemiological study. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2007;64: 210-8. 

Bramness JG, Kornør H. Benzodiazepine prescription for patients in opioid maintenance treatment in Norway. Drug Alcohol Depend 2007;90:203-9.

Bramness JG, Skurtveit S, Mørland J, Engeland A. The risk of road traffic accidents after prescriptions of carisoprodol. Accid Anal Prev 2007;39:1050-5.

Engeland A, Skurtveit S, Mørland J. Risk of road traffic accidents associated with the prescription of medicinal drugs: a registry-based cohort study. Ann Epidemiol 2007;17:597-602.

Furu K, Skurtveit S, Langhammer A, Nafstad P. Use of anti-asthmatic medications as a proxy for prevalence of asthma in children and adolescents in Norway: a nationwide prescription database analysis. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2007;63:693-8.

Hartz I, Sakshaug S, Furu K, Engeland A, Eggen AE, Njolstad I, Skurtveit S. Aspects of statin prescribing in Norwegian counties with high, average and low statin consumption - an individual-level prescription database study. BMC Clin Pharmacol 2007;7:14.

Nygard K, Schimmer B, Sobstad O, Walde A, Tveit I, Langeland N, Hausken T, Aavitsland P. A large community outbreak of waterborne giardiasis-delayed detection in a non-endemic urban area. BMC Public Health 2006;6:141.

Sakshaug S, Furu K, Karlstad Ø, Rønning M, Skurtveit S. Switching statins in Norway after new reimbursement policy - a nationwide prescription study. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2007;64:476-81.

Torkildsen O, Grytten N, Myhr KM. Immunomodulatory treatment of multiple sclerosis in Norway. Acta Neurol Scand Suppl 2007;187:46-50.

Åsheim H, Nilsen KB, Johansen K, Furu K. Forskrivning av sentralstimulerende legemidler ved ADHD i Nordland. [Prescribing of stimulants for ADHD in Nordland county] Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2007;127:2360-2. In Norwegian.


Bramness JG, Skurtveit S, Furu K, Engeland A, Sakshaug S, Rønning M. Endringer i salg og bruk av flunitrazepam etter 1999. [Changes in the sale and use of flunitrazepam in Norway, 1999 – 2004]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2006;126:589-90. In Norwegian.

Gjelstad S, Fetveit A, Straand J, Dalen I, Rognstad S, Lindback M. Can antibiotic prescriptions in respiratory tract infections be improved? A cluster-randomized educational intervention in general practice--the Prescription Peer Academic Detailing (Rx-PAD) Study [NCT00272155]. BMC Health Serv Res 2006;6:75.

Mellingsæter T, Bramness JG, Slørdal L. Benzodiazepinlignende z-hypnotika: bedre og tryggere søvnmidler? [Are z-hypnotics better and safer sleeping pills than benzodiazepines?] Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2006; 126: 2954-6. In Norwegian.

Straand J, Fetveit A, Rognstad S, Gjelstad S, Brekke M, Dalen I. A cluster-randomized educational intervention to reduce inappropriate prescription patterns for elderly patients in general practice--The Prescription Peer Academic Detailing (Rx-PAD) study [NCT00281450]. BMC Health Serv Res 2006;6:72.

Strøm H, Engeland A, Eriksen E, Sakshaug S, Rønning M. Hvor mange og hvem behandles medikamentelt for diabetes mellitus? [How many and who are receiving medication for diabetes mellitus?] Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2006;126:768-70. In Norwegian.


Bramness JG, Hausken AM, Sakshaug S, Skurtveit S, Rønning M. Forskrivning av selektive serotoninreopptakshemmere 1990 – 2004. [Prescription of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors 1990-2004]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2005;125:2470-3. In Norwegian.


Strøm H. Reseptbasert legemiddelregister: Et viktig verktøy for å oppnå detaljert legemiddelstatistikk [The Norwegian Prescription Database: An important tool for detailed information on drug use]. Nor J Epidemiol 2004;14:53-56.


Furu K. Drug utilisation in a public health perspective: Establishing a national prescription register in Norway. Nor J Epidemiol 2001;11:55-60.