Exforge HCT Approved to Treat Hypertension

Exforge HCT Combines 3 Hypertension Drugs Into 1 Pill

By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Health News

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

May 5, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Exforge HCT, which combines three blood pressure drugs -- amlodipine, valsartan, and hydrochlorothiazide -- into one pill.

Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker. Valsartan is an angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB). Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic.

In June 2007, the FDA approved Exforge, which contains amlodipine and valsartan. The newly approved Exforge HCT adds hydrochlorothiazide.

The FDA approved Exforge HCT based on a clinical trial that included more than 2,000 patients, according to a news release from Novartis, the drug company that makes Exforge and Exforge HCT.

Novartis plans to offer Exforge and Exforge HCT at the same price in the U.S.

SOURCES: FDA. News release, Novartis.

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