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Comparison of efficacy and safety between two different irbesartan, generic vs branded, in the treatment of Korean patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension: an 8-week, multicenter, randomized, open-label, Phase IV clinical study

Authors Han SH, Oh GC, Kwon HM, Park CG, Kim IJ, Hwang GS, Yoo BS, Park SH, Lee KJ, Kim HS

Received 23 April 2018

Accepted for publication 20 July 2018

Published 19 December 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 4217—4229

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/DDDT.S172046

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Georgios D. Panos


Seung Hwan Han,1 Gyu Chul Oh,2 Hyuck Moon Kwon,3 Chang Gyu Park,4 In Jai Kim,5 Gyo-Seung Hwang,6 Byung Su Yoo,7 Seong Hoon Park,8 Kwang Je Lee,9 Hyo-soo Kim2

1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Gachon University College of Medicine, Gil Hospital, Incheon, Republic of Korea; 2Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 3Cardiology Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 4Division of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Center, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 5Department of Cardiology, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, Republic of Korea; 6Department of Cardiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Republic of Korea; 7Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Wonju, Republic of Korea; 8Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 9Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Purpose: This study aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of generic and branded irbesartan for 8 weeks in patients with mild-to-moderate essential hypertension.
Patients and methods: We screened 221 patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension. After exclusion per study criteria, 177 subjects were randomized to receive 150 mg generic irbesartan (n=91) or branded irbesartan (n=86) as the intention to treat set. The primary efficacy endpoint of this study was the change in mean sitting diastolic blood pressure (SiDBP) from baseline to 8 weeks between the generic and branded irbesartan groups. The secondary efficacy endpoints were the change in mean SiDBP at Week 4 from baseline and the change in mean sitting systolic blood pressure (SiSBP) at Weeks 4 and 8 from baseline in both groups. All safety issues were evaluated.
Results: At Week 8, the generic and branded irbesartan groups showed significantly reduced SiDBP (−10.3±8.0, −10.7±7.7 mmHg, all P<0.0001) compared with baseline values, and the mean between-group difference in SiDBP change after 8 weeks of treatment was −0.4±1.2 mmHg, showing the non-inferiority of generic irbesartan vs branded irbesartan. Furthermore, secondary efficacy, which was the mean change of SiDBP from baseline at 4 weeks, was comparable between the two groups (−9.4±8.1 vs −9.9±7.4 mmHg, P=0.69). There were no between-group differences in mean changes of SiSBP after 4 or 8 weeks of treatment (P=0.78, P=0.97, respectively), or in the incidence of adverse effects (16.7 vs 24.4%, P=0.20).
Conclusion: Generic irbesartan treatment in patients with mild-to-moderate essential hypertension has shown effective antihypertensive effects comparable with the branded irbesartan treatment, with similar incidence of adverse effects.

Keywords: irbesartan, generic medicine, hypertension, anti-hypertensive

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