Pharmacoeconomics of combination antihypertensive therapy

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Abstract

Antihypertensive treatment should provide optimal health benefits while minimizing treatment costs. Most patients require a combination of drugs to achieve blood pressure goals. Two studies have shown that switching to fixed-dose combination therapy is effective, well tolerated, and cost-effective for most patients. A fixed-dose combination agent containing a diuretic and a β-blocker, an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, or an angiotensin II receptor antagonist is generally more effective, better tolerated, and does not cost more than the non-diuretic component. Therefore, the associated health-care resource costs of using these fixed-dose combination products should be less than those associated with the use of monotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBlood Pressure Monitoring
Volume6
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

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