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Curr Hypertens Rep. 2008 Aug;10(4):313-8.

Direct renin inhibition: an analysis of possible benefits.

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  • 1University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiology Division, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 679-7, Rochester, NY 14642, USA.


The US Food and Drug Administration's approval in March 2007 of aliskiren, the first commercially available direct renin inhibitor, for the treatment of hypertension met with great enthusiasm. Clinical trials have demonstrated it to be as effective as other commonly prescribed antihypertensive agents with few side effects. Preclinical studies in genetically manipulated rats have shown it to be effective in reversing angiotensin II-induced cardiac and renal damage. Despite the notable absence of human clinical data for this agent, many clinicians have touted aliskiren as the ideal agent to achieve additional suppression of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) as a means to reduce the morbidity and mortality of chronic diseases of the cardiovascular and renal systems. Clinical studies are ongoing and future studies are planned to prove its effectiveness in several chronic diseases known to be related to RAAS activation.

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