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US agency launches initiative on better prescribing for hypertension

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7538.379-a (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:379
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    The US National Institutes of Health is launching a comprehensive programme to educate doctors on the management of hypertension, which is likely to result in the wider use of cheap diuretics.

    The programme will disseminate the results of the antihypertensive and lipid lowering treatment to prevent heart attack trial (ALLHAT), which tested four classes of antihypertensive drugs and found that inexpensive diuretics are as effective as newer, dearer drugs.

    The ALLHAT …

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