FDA advisers voted 7-0 in favor of approving the drug for use in controlling high blood pressure. (Avalide was initially approved only for hypertension patients who have failed other types of treatment.)
You've heard of hypertension, right? It's one of those made-up lifestyle diseases.
If the Me-Tooers were running the show, would Avalide have been approved in the first place? After all, do we really need another drug that treats hypertension?
Indeed we do -- and now physicians have a new, valuable, and on-label weapon in their fight against a major public health enemy -- high blood pressure.