Novartis' breakthrough heart failure medicine LCZ696, now called Entresto(TM) receives FDA approval

WASHINGTON - July 8, 2015 - PRLog -- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially greenlighted Novartis’ heart failure drug Entresto(TM)  formerly known as LCZ696 to treat heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Entresto was revealed to be superior to ACE-inhibitor enalapril on key endpoints in the largest heart failure study ever done, the PARADIGM-HF.  Results from the study revealed patients with reduced ejection fraction who were given Entresto  were more likely to be alive and less likely to undergo hospitalization for heart failure in comparison to the ACE-inhibitor enalapril.

According to Novartis, fundamental clinical data revealed that Entresto:

***reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular causes by 20% (p=0.00004)

***reduced heart failure hospitalizations by 21% (p=0.00004)

***reduced the risk of all-cause mortality by 16% (p=0.0005)

"The very meaningful survival advantage of Entresto seen in the PARADIGM-HF trial should persuade physicians to consider Entresto for all appropriate patients, in place of traditional ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers," said Dr. Milton Packer, Professor and Chair for the Department of Clinical Sciences at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Texas, USA. "Entresto is expected to change the management of patients with HFrEF for years to come."

Heart failure affects approximately 6 million individuals in the Unites States and is one of leading causes of hospitalization. Based on the remarkable clinical results, industry analysts have helmed this treatment as the biggest breakthrough to treat heart failure in more than a decade.

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