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What is the Fourier trial?

What is the Fourier trial?

The FOURIER trial was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that enrolled 27 564 patients aged 40 to 85 years with clinically evident atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (prior myocardial infarction, prior nonhemorrhagic stroke, or symptomatic peripheral arterial disease) and additional risk …

Who qualifies for PCSK9 inhibitors?

The eligibility according ACC criteria was defined: (1) LDL‐C ≥2.6 mmol/L (100 mg/dL) while on statin in combination with ezetimibe and a reduction of LDL‐C levels less than 50% from baseline; or (2) LDL‐C ≥1.8 mmol/L (70 mg/dL) while on statin in combination with ezetimibe and a reduction of LDL‐C levels less than 50% …

What is the cost of PCSK9 inhibitors?

Since 2015, there has been a 60% price reduction for PCSK9 inhibitors from $14,000 per year to $5,850 per year for both evolocumab (Repatha, Amgen) and alirocumab (Praluent, Regeneron/Sanofi).

How is Repatha excreted?

Repatha is a large protein that is not metabolized by the liver or excreted by the kidneys. Rather, it is eliminated mainly through binding to its pharmacologic target (PCSK9).

Who makes the drug Repatha?

Amgen To Make Repatha® (evolocumab) Available Exclusively At Its Lower List Price Option In 2020| Amgen.

What are the side effects of PCSK9 inhibitors?

Side effects of PCSK9 inhibitors

  • flu-like symptoms such as cold, nausea, back and joint pain.
  • soreness or itchiness where you give the injection.
  • muscle pain.

Is Repatha a PCSK9 inhibitor?

There are two PCSK9 inhibitors, Repatha (Evolocumab) and Praluent (Alirocumab), and others are being developed at the moment. In clinical studies, these medicines have lowered people’s cholesterol levels by more than half. Early research shows they could prevent strokes and heart attacks too.

What is the new injection for high cholesterol?

Three years ago, the FDA approved two drugs that lower harmful LDL cholesterol values dramatically — by more than 50%. The drugs, alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha), belong to a new category of medications known as PCSK9 inhibitors. Both are given by a self-administered injection once or twice a month.

How long has Repatha been on the market?

The two currently marketed PCSK9 inhibitors, Praluent and Repatha, were launched by Sanofi/Regeneron and Amgen respectively in the latter half of 2015. Praluent secured US approval in July 2015, ahead of Repatha in August of the same year.

Are PCSK9 inhibitors better than statins?

Praluent is part of a relatively new class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors which can dramatically lower cholesterol, and may work even better than statins, the traditional first line of treatment.

How do PCSK9 inhibitors work?

What Are PCSK9 Inhibitors? They bind to and inactivate an enzyme in the liver called proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin 9 (PCSK9). It’s important to block PCSK9 because it inactivates the needed receptors on the liver cell surface that transport LDL into the liver for metabolism (break down). Without these receptors, more LDL (“bad” cholesterol) remains in the blood.

How do PCSK9 inhibitors lower cholesterol?

Other mutations of the PCSK9 gene can actually lower LDL cholesterol by increasing the number of LDL receptors. People with lower LDL cholesterol levels have a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke. PCSK9 drugs suppress the PCSK9 enzyme expressed by the gene . That’s why they’re called PCSK9 inhibitors.

Are PCSK9 inhibitors effective in heart disease?

Studies show that PCSK9 inhibitors have a powerful effect and in some cases can actually prevent heart attacks or strokes . They can be taken on their own or in addition to a statin. But they’re also much more expensive than other cholesterol drugs.