HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Millions wasted on blood pressure tablets

Millions of dollars are being spent unnecessarily each year on treatments for high blood pressure says research published this week in BMC Health Services Research. Vast amounts could be saved if doctors prescribed thiazides, the recommended and cheapest drugs, rather than expensive alternatives.

Atle Fretheim and his colleagues from the Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs estimated the potential annual savings for six countries if thiazides were prescribed whenever there was no reason to use an alternative. The savings could be huge: Canada - US$13.8m, France - US$37.4m, Germany - US$72.2m, Norway - US$10.7m, UK - US$119.7m and US - US$433.6m.

"Our calculations are based on conservative estimates. The potential for saving is likely to be considerably higher, and may be over US$1billion per year in the US," write the researchers.

To produce these estimates, the researchers used sales, prescription and survey data to estimate the number of people in each country that were being treated for high blood pressure, and the proportion of those that were taking thiazides. The proportion varied between countries from 12% to 40%. Previously published research suggests that thiazides could be used effectively in at least 45% of all cases. Armed with this information, the researchers worked out the potential annual cost savings to health services. They calculated the costs of increasing thiazide usage to its limit, and the resulting cost reductions of other treatments, assuming these reductions would be distributed evenly across those treatments.

All clinical guidelines recommend thiazides as a first choice drug for treating uncomplicated high blood pressure. This is because no drug to treat high blood pressure has been identified as being clearly superior to the others, and the evidence that thiazides reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease is strong. Thiazides are also amongst the best tolerated drugs, and are by far
'"/>

Contact: Gemma Bradley
press@biomedcentral.com
44-207-323-0323
BioMed Central
7-Sep-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Millions who suffer from nut and milk allergies could benefit from Stanford researchers test
2. Millions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at increased risk for type 2 diabetes
3. Millions turn a blind eye to dangerous driving
4. Millions of Americans are failing to get recommended health care
5. Millions of migraine sufferers could benefit from better use of medical care
6. Millions Of Americans With Glaucoma Could Save Sight With Early Detection, Treatment
7. Engineering Study For The CDC Shows How To Fight Low Childhood Immunization,Save Millions In Health Costs
8. A marker for new blood vessel formation in tumors
9. Acupuncture found to lower elevations in blood pressure
10. Diagnostic test for range of blood disorders on the horizon
11. Research suggests possible blood test for multiple sclerosis

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Millions wasted blood pressure tablets

(Date:7/2/2015)... CITY, GA (PRWEB) , ... July 02, 2015 ... ... field sporting the newest shades of the SIGVARIS PERFORMANCE SOCKS. Since the socks ... fitness experts and athletic trainers. Their significant popularity has inspired four new, fun ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... ... , ... The ZAC Foundation, a national leader in water safety education and ... to stay water safe with the help of a young polar bear named Zeke. ... co-founders, follows Zeke’s water safety journey. Zeke, who is afraid of the water ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... ... July 02, 2015 , ... ... - pipeline review 2015” provides comprehensive information on the pipeline products with ... on negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with 22 market data tables and ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... July 02, 2015 , ... ... and executing them with care and precision. There is an art and science ... had the honor of successfully reshaping the facial features and lives of more ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... ... 02, 2015 , ... Octo Consulting Group, (Octo), a leading ... has announced they are among nine contractors awarded the U.S. Securities and Exchange ... not to exceed $250 million. , To achieve the goals of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:SIGVARIS is Sporting Four Brand New Colors in the Popular PERFORMANCE SOCK Product Line 2Health News:The ZAC Foundation Kicks Off Summer and July 4th Weekend with Complimentary Children’s E-Book on Water Safety 2Health News:The ZAC Foundation Kicks Off Summer and July 4th Weekend with Complimentary Children’s E-Book on Water Safety 3Health News:Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (System, Wound Care, Tissue Cooling NPWT) Pipeline Review 2015 Market Research Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 2Health News:Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (System, Wound Care, Tissue Cooling NPWT) Pipeline Review 2015 Market Research Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 3Health News:Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (System, Wound Care, Tissue Cooling NPWT) Pipeline Review 2015 Market Research Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 4Health News:Dr. Kevin Sadati Featured in July Issue of Popular National Magazines 2Health News:Dr. Kevin Sadati Featured in July Issue of Popular National Magazines 3Health News:Octo Consulting Group Awarded IDIQ Contract for SEC Business Management Support 2
(Date:7/2/2015)... Research and Markets( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/n7kzjb/vitamin_d_market ) has announced ... Application, End-User & by Region - Global Trends & Forecast ... market is projected to reach about $2.5 Million by 2020, ... rising opportunities in countries such as India ... , and Brazil . In 2013, the ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... 2, 2015   EVO Aesthetic Center and Wellness ... for non-invasive aesthetics in Lakeway, Texas ... with the Astanza Duality laser. The medical spa is ... various medical and laser procedures. Their addition of the ... clear solution to their tattoo regret. "The ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... Numotion,s Board of Directors and Mike ... Feitel has joined the Company as Chief Financial ... successful 18 year career at GE serving in executive ... productivity to result in significant industry leading growth and ... Officer for GE Healthcare Global Services, a $5B P&L ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Vitamin D Market by Analog, Application, End-User & by Region - Global Trends & Forecast to 2020: Increasing Recommendation By Doctors & Associations 2Vitamin D Market by Analog, Application, End-User & by Region - Global Trends & Forecast to 2020: Increasing Recommendation By Doctors & Associations 3EVO Offers Advanced Laser Tattoo Removal With Astanza Duality In Lakeway, TX 2Numotion Names Tamas Feitel Chief Financial Officer 2
Cached News: