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"Cost Containment" in the Management of Hypertension

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Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(1):107-109. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-107-1-107
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The Direct Cost involved in the treatment of hypertension in the United States has been estimated at approximately $8 billion a year, with more than $1.5 billion being spent on antihypertensive drugs (1). Recent surveys have reported that a significant number of patients with hypertension (20% to 35%) find the cost of drugs to be an obstacle to treatment (2-4). This number has increased during the past 3 to 4 years because newer, more expensive, and heavily promoted drugs have become available. The cost may also have increased further as pressure mounted to use newer forms of technology in the


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