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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Effective Health Care Report

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Transcript of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Effective Health Care Report.

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Actuality: Carolyn Clancy


Narrator: Drugs can be as effective as stomach surgery for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. This finding is from the first report of a new program from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or "ark," that compares alternative treatments for health conditions. For most patients with chronic GERD, a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or P-P-Is, can relieve symptoms at least as well as stomach surgery. P-P-Is include AcipHex®, Nexium®, Prevacid®, Protonix®, and Prilosec OTC™, as well as the generic drug omeprazole.

AHRQ Director: Doctor Carolyn Clancy.

Dr. Clancy: Today's report will help patients and health care providers make more informed choices when they consider how to manage the symptoms of chronic GERD, especially when they consider surgery.

Narrator: For more information about GERD, go to http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov. This information was produced by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Page last reviewed December 2005
Internet Citation: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Effective Health Care Report: Transcript. December 2005. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/audio-video/gerdtrans.html

 

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