New Drugs in Pipeline for Hypertension, the Silent Global Pandemic

NetworkNewsWire Editorial Coverage: In medicine, there is a term called “clinical inertia,” or the case of what someone doesn’t know — or what they ignore — could kill them. Simply put, it means failing to start or intensify a therapy when appropriate, which leads to advanced or chronic disease. It is particularly appropriate with a silent killer such as hypertension, a condition that all too often goes untreated, becoming a culprit in morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular, kidney and other serious diseases. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, stats continue to trend the wrong way, showing hundreds of thousands of people dying each year while costs of the disease are a major burden on already strained healthcare systems globally. Truth be told, hypertension is generally treatable with lifestyle changes and any number of prescription drugs, but most of the 1.28 billion people worldwide with high blood pressure go untreated. Because high blood pressure symptoms can be benign, patients would often rather go untreated than deal with unpleasant side effects of today’s drugs. A new, safer option made available through Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (NASDAQ: LEXX) (Profile) may offer blockbuster potential. Lexaria, a global innovator in drug-delivery platforms, is working its way through the FDA pathway. Lexaria completed the pre-investigational new drug (“IND”) application meeting process for its newest DehydraTECH(TM) delivery system with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and is proceeding with plans to file an IND as soon as possible and begin clinical studies shortly thereafter. Quietly going about its business, Lexaria maintains a low market capitalization compared to bigger peers, such as Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ)Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY), a fact the company…


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