ARB gets supplemental nod for pediatric hypertension


Valsartan (Diovan, Novartis) approved for use in children

Novartis has received word from the FDA that a supplemental application for angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) valsartan (Diovan) has been approved that will permit the drug be used to treat pediatric hypertension in patients six to 16 years old. The tablets were previously approved for use in adults for the treatment of hypertension and heart failure, and to reduce cardiovascular mortality in post-myocardial infarction patients.

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