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  1. Dalal, Kavitha S. PharmD
  2. Bridgeman, Mary Barna PharmD, BCPS

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Can you identify these combination cardiovascular drugs? To find out, match each brand name in Section I with its generic name in Section II.


Section I

______ 1. Byvalson (Allergan USA)


______ 2. Yosprala (Aralez Pharmaceuticals U.S.)


______ 3. Entresto (Novartis)


______ 4. Prestalia (Symplmed)


Section II

a. sacubitril and valsartan. These film-coated tablets combine an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) and a neprilysin inhibitor. This drug is indicated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization in patients with chronic heart failure (NYHA Class II-IV) and reduced ejection fraction.


b. perindopril and amlodipine. Indicated to manage hypertension, this drug combines an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker. This drug isn't recommended for use in patients with severe renal impairment.


c. nebivolol and valsartan. This drug, indicated to treat hypertension, is a combination of a beta-1 selective beta-blocker and an ARB. It can be administered with or without food. Warn patients not to discontinue the drug abruptly. In general, patients with bronchospastic disorders should avoid beta-blockers.


d. aspirin and omeprazole. Combining an antiplatelet agent and a proton pump inhibitor, this drug is indicated to reduce the risk of aspirin-associated gastric ulcers in at-risk patients who need aspirin for secondary prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events. Teach patients to take each daily dose at least 1 hour before a meal, and warn them not to split, chew, crush, or dissolve the tablets.


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ANSWERS: 1c, 2d, 3a, 4b