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December 27, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Amturnide (aliskiren, amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide) tablets for the treatment of high blood pressure. It combines the...

December 21, 2010 – A once-daily, three-in-one combination blood pressure treatment has been approved in Germany. Sevikar HCT, from Daiichi Sankyo Europe, combines olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine...

December 13, 2010 – Based on emerging safety information, the pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) drug sitaxentan is being voluntarily withdrawn from the market. Pfizer is also discontinuing...

December 10, 2010 – The 5th annual list of the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2011 is now available. The list, from the ECRI Institute, features the top health technology hazards that...

December 6, 2010 – A new, alcohol free disinfectant wipe is safe for use on ultrasound transducers and probes, mammography compressor plates and other non-surgical surfaces. The Protex...

December 6, 2010 – A panel of medical imaging experts discussed medical imaging appropriateness, ionizing radiation and efforts to curb overutilization, decrease radiation dose and educate...

November 22, 2010 – Data presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 showed that percutaneous renal nerve ablation reduces blood pressure. The data, which was also...

October 29, 2010 – Site enrollment has been completed for the 50-site CITADEL and CENTURION clinical studies to evaluate the Tyrx AigisRx Antibacterial Envelope. The device is designed to help...

October 20, 2010 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug to help prevent stroke and blood clots in patients with abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation). Pradaxa (...

October 15, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for a generic equivalent to Novartis’ Lotrel capsules.

October 7, 2010 - Taking medication at night instead of in the morning significantly increases efficacy in keeping blood pressure within a healthy range, according to a new study in ...

October 6, 2010 – Physicians have prescribed more than 30,000 wearable defibrillator vests for patients at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator, by Zoll...

September 29, 2010 - Preclinical data of a therapy designed to treat drug-resistant hypertension was presented last week at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2010 symposium in...

September 10, 2010 – Cath Labs are being encouraged this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inspect their inventories for AngioSculpt EX Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary...

September 10, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring that gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) carry new warnings on their labels about the risk of a rare and...

September 2, 2010 – New research released this week is the first to find both anatomical and procedural considerations that can lead to the creation of esophageal ulcerations (ESUL) after...

August 30, 2010 – According to the results of a late-breaking analysis involving more than 200 000 patients in recent clinical trials, antihypertensive treatments with renin-angiotensin system (...

August 19, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last week Boston Scientific has resolved all the manufacturing safety issues cited in a 2006 corporate warning letter.

August 18, 2010 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed to withdraw approval of the drug midodrine hydrochloride, used to treat the low blood pressure condition orthostatic...

August 17, 2010 – Certain batches of the St. Jude Medical 6 French Engage Introducer are being recalled because the shaft of some devices may separate from the hub. The company is advising...