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Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEIs), Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists (ARBs), or Direct Renin Inhibitors (DRI) for Adults With Hypertension
Patient Cost Information
- Medication costs may contribute to decreased adherence among patients. When prescribing, discuss his or her health insurance coverage and budget limitations. Considering medication costs when selecting antihypertensive agents may be warranted.
- Average wholesale prices for antihypertensive agents range from $30 to $160 per month, depending on dosage. ?
- On average, ACEIs are less expensive for patients than ARBs and the DRI aliskiren.
- The most inexpensive ACEIs for patients are the generic forms of benazepril, enalapril, lisinopril, and quinapril.
- The majority of ARBs are not available in generic form. The average cost of most brand-name ARBs is between $80 and $195 per month, depending on dosage.
- The DRI aliskiren is also not available in a generic form. The average wholesale cost of aliskiren is $100 or $120 per month, depending on dosage.
- Sanders GD, Coeytaux R, Dolor RJ, et al. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEIs), Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists (ARBs), and Direct Renin Inhibitors for Treating Essential Hypertension: An Update. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 34. (Prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0025.) AHRQ Publication No. 11-EHC063-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 2011. Available at: http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productID=696.
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