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Boehringer Ingelheim Affirms Safety of Telmisartan With an Analysis of 50,000 Patients and Strongly Disagrees With the Publication of Sipahi et al in Lancet Oncology June 2010
Date:6/13/2010

ke Sipahi  et al  have their appropriate place in scientific research. However, these analyses have well-recognised limitations, such as combining study summaries rather than analyzing individual patient data.

Telmisartan is one of the most studied anti-hypertensives in clinical trials, which have all been made publicly available. It is widely used as medication to lower blood pressure and protect patients against severe cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction and stroke.

About Telmisartan

In the US, telmisartan is marketed as MICARDIS® (telmisartan) tablets.  MICARDIS is a prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), and in certain high-risk people aged 55 years and older, to help lower their risk of having certain cardiovascular problems such as stroke, heart attack, or death.  Talk to your doctor to see whether MICARDIS is appropriate for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

MICARDIS (telmisartan) tablets are not for pregnant women. Taking MICARDIS during pregnancy can cause injury and even death to your unborn baby.  If you get pregnant, stop taking MICARDIS and call your doctor right away.  If you plan to become pregnant or breastfeed, talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your blood pressure.  The most serious side effects of MICARDIS are low blood pressure and kidney problems. Other rare but serious side effects may occur. Before taking MICARDIS, tell your doctor if you have liver, kidney or heart problems, and about all other medications you are taking.  

Please see full prescribing information, including boxed WARNING, for MICARDIS.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.  
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