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New pill could save 10,000 patients a year

6th March 2012

The drug ivabradine - which costs £1.40 a day - could save the lives of thousands of heart failure patients, according to a leading cardiologist.

It slows the heart rate and improves its pumping ability and cut deaths by up to 39% in trials. Heart failure specialist Professor Martin Cowie from the Royal Brompton Hospital, said it could save 5,000-10,000 lives a year as well as cutting NHS costs by cutting hospital admissions by more than a quarter. Already licensed in the UK to treat angina, it has now been licensed by European safety regulators for treating heart failure.


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