Beta blockers are busted – what happens next?

Posted on: November 18, 2012

IT IS very rare for new evidence to question or even negate the utility of a well-established class of drugs. But after four decades as a standard therapy for heart disease and high blood pressure, it looks like this fate will befall beta blockers.Two major studies published within about a week of each other suggest that the drugs do not work for these conditions.This is a big surprise, with big implications.

The first beta blocker, Inderal, was launched in 1964 by Imperial Chemical Industries for treatment of angina. This drug has been hailed as one of great medical advances of the 20th century. Its inventor, James Black, was awarded the Nobel prize in medicine in 1988.

via Beta blockers are busted – what happens next? – opinion – 12 November 2012 – New Scientist.

1 Response to "Beta blockers are busted – what happens next?"

Having a keen family health interest in this, I showed the NewScientist report to a consultant cardiologist. He handed it straight back with barely a glance, merely saying ‘who did the study?’.
So I obtained abstracts from both of the primary sources, and posted them to the consultant. No response. Perhaps he had a seizure.

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