27 Jul '11, 12am

Newer, more economical 2-in-1 high blood pressure drug receives nod from HSA

THE Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has approved a new drug for high blood pressure - a combination therapy pill that packs two drugs into one tablet. Azoren, comprising two active ingredients that combat the condition in different ways, was given the green light by the local drug regulatory body last month for hypertension treatment. Made by drug giant Pfizer, one pack of 28 tablets costs $65 for both the 25mg and 45mg doses. This works out to about $2.30 a pill, and patients take one a day. Other brand-name drugs also cost about $2 apiece. But opting for a combination pill can be up to 40 per cent cheaper than taking two separate sets of drugs for the same condition, said consultant cardiologist Peter Yan. Each pill contains two key ingredients - olemesartan medoxomil and amlodipine besylate. The first ingredient inhibits the action of a hormone called angiotensin II, wh...

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