Experimental blood pressure drug takes natural approach

Dual-acting compound tests well in large group of people with mild to moderate hypertension

By Nathan Seppa, 15:20 PM March 16, 2010

A new drug that enhances the body’s own blood pressure–lowering machinery has shown effectiveness in a large test, researchers reported online March 16 in the Lancet. The results have set the stage for a trial needed for regulatory approval in which the drug will be tested in heart failure patients, who are likely to benefit from its vessel-relaxing effects.

The drug is so new it still doesn’t have a name, having been dubbed LCZ696 by its maker, Novartis, which funded the study.

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