Antihypertensive drug use in the United States

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Did the 1993 published recommendations from the Fifth Joint National Committee on the Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure influence the antihypertensive prescribing patterns of clinicians? To answer this question, we studied prescribing patterns for both 1992 and 1995 for all medications dispensed by a national sample of 35,000 retail pharmacies. We found that changes in antihypertensive drug treatment from 1992 to 1995 reflected increased use of calcium antagonists and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and decreased use of diuretics and beta blocking agents, which suggests that the committee's recommendations had little effect on prescribing patterns. The cost implications of these practice patterns are enormous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalCardiology Review
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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