Six barriers to prescribing PCSK9 inhibitorsA National Lipid Association survey has interesting findings on the prescription approval process for PCSK9 inhibitors.
Game-changing cholesterol-buster further reduces heart attack, strokeA new outcomes study shows that the PCSK9 inhibitor Repatha significantly reduced the risk of hard major adverse cardiovascular events in high-risk patients by 20%.
[BLOG]: AHA Scientific Sessions 2014: Where do the PCSK9s fit in the post-IMPROVE-IT world? A “modest” proposalThis year, the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions were held in Chicago, Illinois, from November 15 to 19. Of all of the late-breaking clinical trials presented at AHA 2014, the IMPROVE-IT (IMProved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International Trial) study of Merck’s low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)-reducing drugs—the statin, Zocor (simvastatin), and the fixed-dose combination, Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin)—stole the show.
Investigational ACL inhibitor shows promise in lowering LDL cholesterolACL inhibitor ETC-1002 (Esperion) met its primary end point of greater LDL-cholesterol lowering from baseline with ETC-1002 compared with ezetimibe, according to a study.
Poorer diets, weight gain associated to statin usePatients who use statins are consuming more calories and fats than a decade earlier, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
ACC: Evolocumab may help reduce LDL cholesterol levelsResults of 5 phase 3 studies evaluating evolocumab (AMG 145), an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits PCSK9, a protein that reduces the liver’s ability to remove low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or “bad” cholesterol, from the blood, were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session (ACC.14), in Washington, D.C
Adding evolocumab in combination with statins can help reduce high cholesterolAdding evolocumab (Amgen) to statin therapy may help patients control their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels when high doses of statins are not sufficient, according to results from a recent phase 3 study.
Evolocumab meets primary end point of LDL cholesterol reduction in phase 3 studyEvolocumab (Amgen) may offer a new treatment option for patients with dyslipidemia, according to new data from a phase 3 study.