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Generics of high blood pressure medication launched Posted 22/05/2015

On 31 March 2015, generics majors Mylan, Sandoz and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced the US launch of their respective generic amlodipine and valsartan combination tablets in four dosages.

The products, which will be available in doses of 5 mg/160 mg, 5 mg/320 mg, 10 mg/160 mg and 10 mg/320 mg, are generics of Novartis’ high blood pressure treatment Exforge (amlodipine/valsartan).

Amlodipine/valsartan tablets are a combination of amlodipine, a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker and valsartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker.

Exforge is indicated for the treatment of hypertension, to lower blood pressure in patients not adequately controlled with monotherapy or as initial therapy in patients likely to need multiple drugs to achieve their blood pressure goals. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a chronic condition often without symptoms that is linked to serious health issues such as heart disease and stroke, if not detected early and treated appropriately.

Amlodipine and valsartan tablets had approximately US$415.3 million in the US for the 12 months ending 31 December 2014, according to IMS Health.

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Source: Mylan, Sandoz, Teva

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