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Video: FDA approves Exforge HCT(R) - the Only High Blood Pressure Treatment to Combine Three Medications in a Single Pill
Date:4/30/2009

- Exforge HCT combines a proven calcium channel blocker, angiotensin receptor blocker and diuretic (amlodipine, valsartan, hydrochlorothiazide) in one pill

- In a clinical trial, Exforge HCT demonstrated significantly greater reductions in systolic and diastolic BP, compared to all dual combinations of its components

- Up to 85% of patients may need multiple medications to help control their blood pressure and many need three or more

- Exforge HCT can help appropriate patients reach BP goals; offers convenience and potential cost savings by reducing up to three co-payments to one

EAST HANOVER, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Exforge HCT (amlodipine, valsartan, hydrochlorothiazide), the only blood pressure (BP) treatment to combine three medications in a single pill. Exforge HCT combines the number one prescribed calcium channel blocker, angiotensin receptor blocker, and diuretic in one pill, and is an important new option for patients who have tried taking dual combinations of these classes of blood pressure medications without success.

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"The majority of people with hypertension will require more than one medication to control their blood pressure and it's not uncommon for patients with severe hypertension and/or patients requiring stricter blood pressure control to need three or more medications," said David A. Calhoun, MD, Professor of Medicine, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham. "With a triple combination option, appropriate patients may experience a simpler routine of a convenient, once-daily
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