Regeneron-Sanofi's Cholesterol Drug Performs Well in Trial

Monday, November 17, 2014

Source: Reuters

Regeneron Corp's experimental drug alirocumab helped 10 times as many high-risk patients unable to tolerate widely-used statins get their "bad" LDL cholesterol down to target levels than Merck & Co's Zetia, according to data from a clinical trial presented on Monday.

Alirocumab, developed along with French drugmaker Sanofi, belongs to a new class of potent drugs that block a naturally occurring protein called PCSK9 that prevents the liver from removing LDL from the blood.

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