A new way to control blood pressure
Inactivating renin, which is made by the kidneys, may open the door to better blood pressure.
With more than a hundred blood pressure medicines already on the market, the FDA's approval of yet another one might seem like ho-hum news. It's actually more exciting than that. "This is the first new class of blood pressure medication in a decade, and it has a mechanism of action that may go beyond just reducing blood pressure," says Dr. Naomi D. Fisher, who directs the hypertension service at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.