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New Drug for Dangerously Low Blood Pressure in Shock Patients


On December 21, 2017, the FDA approved La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company’s Giapreza (angiotensin II) injection for intravenous infusion to increase blood pressure in adults with septic or other distributive shock.

 

“Shock, the inability to maintain blood flow to vital tissues, can result in organ failure and death,” said Norman Stockbridge, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “There is a need for treatment options for critically ill hypotensive patients who do not adequately respond to available therapies.”

 

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. Hypotension is abnormally low blood pressure. Shock is a critical condition in which blood pressure drops so low that the brain, kidneys, and other vital organs cannot receive enough blood flow to function properly.

 

Giapreza can cause dangerous blood clots with serious consequences (clots in arteries and veins, including deep venous thrombosis). Prophylactic treatment for blood clots should be used.

 

See the FDA Announcement

 

See also Medical Law Perspectives Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication

 

 

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