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FDA approves Mylan hypertension drug


PITTSBURGH — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a blood pressure medication made by Mylan.

The drug maker announced Friday the approval of valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide tablets in the 80-mg/12.5-mg, 160-mg/12.5-mg, 160-mg/25-mg, 320-mg/12.5-mg and 320-mg/25-mg strengths.

The drug, a generic version of Novartis' Diovan HCT, is used to treat high blood pressure, or hypertension, in patients who can't control their blood pressure with one drug or who are starting therapy and need multiple drugs.

Various versions of the drug had sales of $1.6 billion during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.

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