new heart drug human but interesting for cats in future maybe
- this is for human but interesting
If given final approval by the F.D.A., the drug, called Natrecor, would be the first new treatment for acute congestive heart failure in more than a decade, according to Scios, which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Congestive heart failure, in which the heart does not pump enough blood, leading to fluid buildup in the lungs, affects about five million Americans. The Scios drug is intended for the one million flare-ups a year, when a patient is rushed to the hospital barely able to breathe.
The F.D.A. usually follows the advice of its advisory panels of outside experts, but not always. Indeed, two years ago, the advisory panel recommended approval for Natrecor, but the F.D.A. rejected the drug, asking for further data comparing Natrecor with intravenous nitroglycerin, the drug commonly used in such cases.
The new studies showed that Natrecor could restore blood circulation and reduce lung congestion in as little as 15 minutes, faster than nitroglycerin.
Still, there were some concerns expressed at the advisory panel meeting on Friday that Natrecor reduces blood pressure too much in a small percentage of patients. Also, some data suggested that patients treated with Natrecor stayed in the hospital longer than those given nitroglycerin and were slightly more likely to die
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