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More Patients Receive Diovan As A First- Or Second-Line Therapy Compared With Cozaar or Avapro
Date:5/11/2009

ients starting Novartis' Exforge, which combines Diovan with amlodipine in a fixed-dose combination, previously received Diovan or the Diovan/diuretic fixed-dose combination Diovan HCT. A further 18.5 percent of patients moving to Exforge had been prescribed a calcium channel inhibitor in the previous line, indicating that fixed-dose combinations are keenly dependent on the penetration of their single-agent components as an access point.

"The unique data in the Treatment Algorithms in Hypertension report allows brand managers to accurately quantify the percentage of patients moving from first line to second line, the length of time patients are on a therapy before switching and the number of patients dropping therapy versus adding on," said Dr. Borde. "Each of these metrics is critical to building an accurate model of how patients move between therapies and is key in better estimating the potential pool of consumers."

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