FDA OKs First of New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

Praluent for people with prior history of heart attack or stroke who’ve already tried a statin

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Praluent, the first of a powerful new class of injected, cholesterol-lowering drugs that experts believe could change cardiovascular care.

Praluent (alirocumab) sharply cuts levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and is one of a group of newly developed drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors, the FDA explained in a news release.

The drug is only approved for patients with heart disease and a history of heart attack or stroke “who require additional lowering of LDL cholesterol” in addition to taking a statin drug and adopting a healthy diet, the agency said.

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