FDA Approves First Olmesartan Generics
OCTOBER 27, 2016
Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor
The FDA has approved the first generic versions of 4 drugsâ€•Benicar tablets, Benicar HCT tabets, Azor tablets, and Tribenzor tabletsâ€•that contain the widely used blood pressure-lowering medication olmesartan medoxomil.
The drugs combine olmesartan medoxomil in 1 pill with blood pressure medications amlodipine besylate and hydrochlorothiazide. They are indicated for patients who require multiple blood pressure medications. All 4 drugs are available for oral use in several dosages.
Olmesartan medoxomil is an angiotensin-2 receptor blocker that contains a boxed warning about risks of injury or death to a developing fetus during pregnancy.
The FDA announced the generics’ approval on October 26.
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