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Prestalia - Another Combination for Hypertension
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The FDA has approved Prestalia (Symplmed), an oral fixed-dose combination of the dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker amlodipine (Norvasc, and generics) and a new salt form of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor perindopril, for treatment of hypertension in patients not adequately controlled on monotherapy or already taking both drugs, and in those just starting therapy who are likely to need multiple drugs to control their blood pressure. The new salt form (perindopril arginine) is more stable and has a longer shelf-life than perindopril erbumine (Aceon, and generics).1 Two other ACE inhibitor/calcium channel blocker combinations, benazepril/amlodipine (Lotrel, and generics) and trandolapril/verapamil ER (Tarka, and generics), have been available in the US for many years.

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