Evolocumab (AMG145), inhibitor of an enzyme (PCSK9) that facilitates degradation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors, led to 60% greater reduction in LDL cholesterol than placebo in 331 patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, reported a manufacturer-funded multicenter randomized trial (Raal FJ et al. Lancet.
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Familial hypercholesterolemia is thought to be the most common disorder inherited in autosomal-dominant fashion, affecting between 1 in 250 to 300 people worldwide and more than 3 million people in the United States and Europe. Intensive statin therapy often fails to reduce LDL cholesterol to levels sufficient to prevent premature cardiovascular disease for people with the disorder.
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