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From The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
December 1, 2015

Evolocumab (Repatha)—A Second PCSK9 Inhibitor to Lower LDL-Cholesterol

JAMA. 2015;314(21):2298-2299. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.14772

Evolocumab (Repatha – Amgen), a subcutaneously injected PCSK9 inhibitor, has been approved by the FDA as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who require additional lowering of LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) (Table 1). It was also approved as an adjunct to diet and other LDL-lowering therapies in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) who require additional lowering of LDL-C. Evolocumab is the second PCSK9 inhibitor to be approved in the US; alirocumab (Praluent) was approved earlier (Table 2).1

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