Drug for heart failure increases mortality

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 28 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:981
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Patients with heart failure who were treated with the drug nesiritide to help them survive a crisis were 80% more likely to die in the month after treatment than were patients who had received traditional drugs for symptoms of acute heart failure. This was the finding of a US study published last week in JAMA (2005;293: 1900-5).

    The drug's manufacturer Scios, which is part of Johnson & Johnson, released …

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