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ACE inhibitors act to reduce hypertension by interfering with the conversion of angiotensin I to artery-constricting angiotensin II. Blocking the production of angiotensin II results in arterial vasodilation and an accompanying reduction in blood pressure. ACE inhibitors currently are recommended as first-line therapy for hypertension in certain patient populations, because of their safety and efficacy.
Study shows heart medications prevent cardiovascular damage during breast cancer treatment

Study shows heart medications prevent cardiovascular damage during breast cancer treatment

Heart medication taken in combination with chemotherapy reduces the risk of serious cardiovascular damage in patients with early-stage breast cancer, according to results from a new landmark clinical trial. [More]
Lisinopril oral solution approved for treatment of hypertension in children and adults

Lisinopril oral solution approved for treatment of hypertension in children and adults

Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc., leader in the development and commercialization of innovative and safe medicines for children, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Qbrelis (Lisinopril) Oral Solution, the first and only FDA-approved Lisinopril oral solution. [More]
Aliskiren fails to show benefit for heart failure patients with diabetes

Aliskiren fails to show benefit for heart failure patients with diabetes

A subgroup analysis in heart failure patients with diabetes from the ATMOSPHERE trial has failed to show benefit and signals the end of the road for aliskiren in heart failure. [More]
Tackling insulin resistance may reduce recurrence after stroke

Tackling insulin resistance may reduce recurrence after stroke

Giving pioglitazone to stroke survivors with insulin resistance but no overt diabetes reduces their risk of having a recurrent vascular event, shows the randomised Insulin Resistance Intervention after Stroke trial. [More]
Common hypertension drugs worsen cardiovascular outcomes in hypertensive African Americans

Common hypertension drugs worsen cardiovascular outcomes in hypertensive African Americans

Drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks and strokes, are associated with significantly worse cardiovascular outcomes in hypertensive African Americans compared to whites, according to a new comparative effectiveness research study led by researchers in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
UT Southwestern evaluates allopurinol drug to prevent nephropathy in Type I diabetes patients

UT Southwestern evaluates allopurinol drug to prevent nephropathy in Type I diabetes patients

UT Southwestern Medical Center has joined an international clinical trial studying whether a drug traditionally used to treat gout can help prevent kidney damage in patients with Type 1 diabetes. [More]
Researchers elucidate mechanism that induces skeletal muscle atrophy in patients with congestive heart failure

Researchers elucidate mechanism that induces skeletal muscle atrophy in patients with congestive heart failure

It is a paradox: Patients with advanced congestive heart failure lose skeletal muscle mass, but their heart muscles become enlarged to provide the body with an adequate supply of blood and thus with oxygen. It has long been known that the protein angiotensin II plays a villainous role in this process, but the exact mechanism has remained unclear. [More]
FDA approves new heart failure drug

FDA approves new heart failure drug

A new drug called Entresto has been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of heart failure. [More]
Novartis announces FDA approval of Entresto to reduce risk of cardiovascular death, heart failure hospitalization

Novartis announces FDA approval of Entresto to reduce risk of cardiovascular death, heart failure hospitalization

Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved Entresto™ tablets, previously known as LCZ696, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in patients with chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. [More]
Regulus Therapeutics reports net loss of $22.2 million for fourth quarter 2014

Regulus Therapeutics reports net loss of $22.2 million for fourth quarter 2014

Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014, including a summary of recent corporate highlights. [More]
Novartis’ heart failure medicine LCZ696 granted FDA priority review

Novartis’ heart failure medicine LCZ696 granted FDA priority review

LCZ696, a twice-a-day medicine being investigated for heart failure, acts to enhance the protective neurohormonal systems of the heart (NP system) while simultaneously suppressing the harmful effects of the overactive renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). [More]
Novartis receives priority review status from FDA for heart failure medicine LCZ696

Novartis receives priority review status from FDA for heart failure medicine LCZ696

Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review for LCZ696, an investigational medicine for the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). The designation is intended to accelerate the review of therapies that offer a significant improvement in the safety or effectiveness of the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a serious condition. [More]
Early use of heart failure drugs slows cardiac damage in boys, young men with DMD

Early use of heart failure drugs slows cardiac damage in boys, young men with DMD

Early use of available heart failure drugs slows the progressive decline in heart function before symptoms are apparent in boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to a new study published online by The Lancet Neurology. [More]
Australian Prescriber publishes top 10 subsidised drugs in Australia

Australian Prescriber publishes top 10 subsidised drugs in Australia

The annual publication of the top 10 subsidised drugs appears in the December edition of Australian Prescriber. Statins (cholesterol-lowering medicines) top the lists again. [More]
New preclinical study shows RG-012 may provide therapeutic benefit for Alport syndrome patients

New preclinical study shows RG-012 may provide therapeutic benefit for Alport syndrome patients

Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today announced that positive new preclinical data was presented on RG-012 for the treatment of renal dysfunction in Alport syndrome patients at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2014 meeting being held November 11-16, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. [More]
FDA approves Epaned for treatment of symptomatic and asymptomatic heart failure

FDA approves Epaned for treatment of symptomatic and asymptomatic heart failure

Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc., focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and safe medicines for children, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Epaned for the treatment of symptomatic heart failure and the treatment of asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction (to decrease the rate of development of overt heart failure and to reduce hospitalization for heart failure). [More]
Transparency Life receives SBIR program grant to fund Phase 2a proof-of-concept study for MS

Transparency Life receives SBIR program grant to fund Phase 2a proof-of-concept study for MS

Transparency Life Sciences, LLC (TLS), the world's first clinical-stage drug development company based on open innovation, today announced that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program grant to fund a Phase 2a proof-of-concept study testing the utility of the ACE inhibitor lisinopril as an adjunctive therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS). [More]
Investigational LCZ696 drug: A real breakthrough for patients with heart failure

Investigational LCZ696 drug: A real breakthrough for patients with heart failure

An investigational new heart failure drug could be poised to change the face of cardiology based on Hot Line results presented today at ESC Congress 2014. [More]
FDA accepts Symplmed's Prestalia NDA for hypertension treatment

FDA accepts Symplmed's Prestalia NDA for hypertension treatment

Symplmed announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review its New Drug Application (NDA) for investigational drug Prestalia, the first single-pill, fixed-dose combination (FDC) of perindopril arginine and amlodipine besylate for the treatment of hypertension in the U.S. Symplmed filed the application under section 505(b)(2) consistent with FDA's guidance. [More]
PARADIGM-HF trial of LCZ696 for chronic heart failure stopped early for benefit

PARADIGM-HF trial of LCZ696 for chronic heart failure stopped early for benefit

The PARADIGM-HF trial has been stopped early for a benefit to patients that was overwhelmingly statistically significant. [More]
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