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Expensive New Blood Pressure Drugs No Better than Generics

Expensive brand-name medications designed to lower blood pressure are no better at preventing cardiovascular disease than older, generic diuretics, according to new long-term study.

More than 33,000 patients with high blood pressure were randomly assigned to take either a diuretic or one of two newer drug — the calcium channel blocker amlodipine or the ACE inhibitor lisinopril. The differences between the three drugs were for the most part negligible.

However, according to Newswise:

“... the diuretic ... was superior in two measures: Compared with the diuretic group, the ACE inhibitor group had a 20 percent higher death rate from stroke, and the calcium channel blocker group had a 12 percent higher rate of hospitalizations and deaths due to heart failure.”

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