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NIH promotes use of lower cost drugs for hypertension

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7439.539 (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:539
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

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    Dr Paul Whelton is worried because doctors are not implementing trial findings

    Credit: IAN JACKSON/WESTERN MORNING NEWS

    The US National Institutes of Health is planning to use some 600 prominent doctors in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico to promote the use of lower cost drugs to treat hypertension.

    Currently, the cost of antihypertensive drugs in the United States amounts to about $15bn (£8bn; €12bn), accounting for 10% of the country's total spending on drugs. The institutes' $3.7m initiative is the first time it has tried to promote a change in …

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