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Not Quite the Solution They Expected, Pharma Edition

Remember those millions of new patients created by the latest change in blood pressure guidelines [1], all freshly eligible for drug treatment they hadn’t needed just the day before?

MDLinx headline [2]

Oops.

According to research presented at the recent Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology, two classes of drugs commonly used to lower blood pressure may actually raise a person’s risk of death: alpha blockers and alpha-2 agonists.

Analyzing data from over 10,500 adults with hypertension, the researchers found that those taking these types of drugs showed greater variability in blood pressure levels [3].

Previous research, however, has discovered that consistency is key for blood pressure levels. A study published in The BMJ in 2016, for example, associated higher variability of systolic blood pressure with a 15 percent increase in all-cause mortality.

Consequently, said the researchers, these drugs should be avoided.

We say, well, that’s a start.

More: The Illusion of “Side Effects” [4]