Wanting to start your patient on an ACE inhibitor? Writing a prescription for cilazapril? Stop – funding status has changed!
Cilazapril is no longer funded for new patients. And prescribers are being asked to consider switching existing patients on cilazapril to an alternative medicine – cilazapril prescriptions for these patients must now be endorsed.1
So, what other funded agents block angiotensin II effects, and how do they differ?
Among the ACE inhibitors class and in adult patients, quinapril, enalapril, lisinopril and perindopril are funded; the latter three were used in clinical trials to inform guideline recommendations. ACEI inhibitors’ benefits and risks are similar across the class, and all have comparable contraindications, cautions and medicines interactions.2
Alternatives to ACE inhibitors include angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs); those funded are losartan and candesartan. Valsartan in combination with sacubitril is funded under Special Authority for chronic heart failure and in primary care would generally be used if an ACE inhibitor is not tolerated.2
If angiotensin II blockade is not desired, calcium-channel blockers or thiazide diuretics can be offered first line, with beta-blockers second line, in patients with hypertension.2