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Not All Heart Failure Drugs Boost Survival Equally
Date:1/11/2011

ents without prescription drug coverage, losartan has recently become available as a generic medication and costs $1 to $2 a day, according to Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Candesartan is a branded medication and costs $3 a day, he added.

Fonarow noted that "an ACE inhibitor is the first-line, guideline-recommended therapy for patients with heart failure. Losartan and candesartan are recommended for use in heart failure patients only if an ACE inhibitor is not well-tolerated. There are numerous generic options for ACE inhibitors, and these may cost as little as 10 cents a day."

Moreover, the comparative effectiveness of different angiotensin receptor blockers has not been studied extensively in patients with heart failure. However, trials with candesartan have been larger and more positive than studies conducted with losartan, Fonarow added.

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For more information on heart failure, visit the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Lars H. Lund, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, department of cardiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Gregg Fonarow, M.D., American Heart Association spokesman and professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Jan. 12, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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