Five out of the ten drugs contained in a group called ACE inhibitors (medications used to treat older people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes) have been chosen as Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. Using these drugs may yield potential annual savings of $1,200 per year over higher-priced medications.
The drugs, known as ACEIs, were the third most prescribed class of drugs in the United States last year. They are effective, life-saving medicines with over 20 years of widespread safe use. They help lower the risk of both fatal and non-fatal heart attacks and strokes, and kidney failure. Unfortunately, millions of people may not be taking these medications due to the high cost of some of them. According to Consumer Reports, by identifying the most cost-effective ACEIs, it hopes to help people work with their doctors to choose the best medicine at an affordable price.
The five Best Buy ACEIs are:
- For high blood pressure: benazepril, enalapril, and lisinopril
- For heart failure: enalapril, captopril
- After a heart attack: lisinopril
- For diabetics: ramipril (Altace)
- For people with kidney disease: benazepril, ramipril (Altace)
Four of these medicines are generics and one, ramipril (Altace), is a moderately-priced brand-name drug that has been proven particularly effective in treating people who have diabetes and other heart disease risk factors.
To view or download the full 20 page report, log on to www.CRBestBuyDrugs.org.
Source:www.seniorjounal.com Note: WACC assumes no responsibility for the material contained in this article. Readers with questions regarding any of the medications listed here are strongly encouraged to do more research on their own and to speak with their doctor. Remember: you’re a partner in your healthcare! PCWorld—April 2004.