Local Doctor Helps in Testing of New Drug
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Local doctor helps in testing of new drug A drug that is expected to change the treatment of angina pectoris in the United States has been approved by the Food and Drug Adminis-tration following clinical trials in which a Shreveport cardiologist par-ticipated. The drug is nifedipine and is the first oral form of calcium channel inhibitors to become available in this country. It has been approved by the FDA to treat angina, a heart disease resulting in severe chest pain and caused by clogged arteries, coronary artery spasm or a combination of both. Dr. Henry G. Hanley, cardiologist at LSU Medical Center and VA Medi-cal Center, has had it available for heart patients at both institutions for the past eight months. Hanley said nifedipine was used on 12 to 15 patients, and all are im-proved and at least half are free of pain. Some have returned to work. In his study, Hanley said, the drug was used only on patients who were having resting heart pain in the in-tensive care unit, who were on max-imum medical therapy and not get-ting any relief. None was a candidate for coronary bypass surgery. To be marketed by Pfizer Labora-tories under the trade name Pro-cardia, the drug has been under clinical study for about three years, according to Pfizer. Hanley was one of the U.S. physicians who used the new angina drug as part of the study prior to FDA approval. Internationally, the calcium chan-nel blockers have been used to treat angina for about 10 years, said Hanley. In this country, some of them have had the endorsement of the American College of Cardiology as safe and effective for the past two years, he said. Hanley has done cardiological re-search on angina and calcium blocker drugs prior to the nifedipine study.
|Title||Local Doctor Helps in Testing of New Drug|
Hanley, Henry G.
Louisiana State University Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
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