, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 341-355
Date: 19 Mar 2009

Direct renin inhibitors: ONTARGET for success?

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Direct renin inhibitors are the first new class of antihypertensive to emerge since angiotensin II receptor blockers. We discuss their reno- and cardioprotective potential, based on extrapolation from animal models and phase three trials that are currently ongoing. This paper reviews the potential benefits of direct renin inhibitors (DRIs), the only new anti-hypertensive class developed in the last decade, as compared to pre-existing classes of drug inhibiting more downstream, such as Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors (ACEI), Angiotensin 2 Receptor Blockers (ARBS).