New drug for hypertension, Diovan (valsartan)

    Novartis will market a new drug for hypertension, Diovan (valsartan). First in the U.S...later in Canada.

    Diovan is an angiotensin II antagonist...like Cozaar (losartan).

    It lowers blood pressure as well as the ACE inhibitors, enalapril (Vasotec) or lisinopril (Zestril).

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