Harvard Heart Letter

Atrial fibrillation, angioplasty drugs approved

The FDA has approved two new drugs you are likely to be hearing about.

The Food and Drug Administration approves dozens of new drugs each year. Many aren't worth noting, like spin-offs of existing drugs with only minor differences ("me too" drugs), reformulations, or combinations of existing drugs. But readers are bound to be hearing about two new ones that got the green light in July 2009.

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