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Michel Farnier
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: After the approval of alirocumab and evolocumab, the first two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9), this review provides an update on recent PCSK9 inhibitors data and describes recommendations for the use before the results of the ongoing cardiovascular endpoint trials. RECENT FINDINGS: New studies and complementary analysis of phase III trials have consistently shown that alirocumab and evolocumab are highly effective in reducing LDL-cholesterol and to some extent lipoprotein (a)...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
Terry McCormack, Ricardo Dent, Mark Blagden
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Europe and increased low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is a major contributor to CVD risk. Extensive evidence from clinical studies of statins has demonstrated a linear relationship between LDL-C levels and CVD risk. It has been proposed that lower LDL-C levels than those currently recommended may provide additional clinical benefit to patients. AIM: This review summarises the genetic and clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of achieving very low LDL-C levels...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Danial E Baker, Kyle T Ingram
Each month, subscribers to The Formulary Monograph Service receive 5 to 6 well-documented monographs on drugs that are newly released or are in late phase 3 trials. The monographs are targeted to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees. Subscribers also receive monthly 1-page summary monographs on agents that are useful for agendas and pharmacy/nursing in-services. A comprehensive target drug utilization evaluation/medication use evaluation (DUE/MUE) is also provided each month. With a subscription, the monographs are sent in print and are also available on-line...
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Matthew Peach, Ren Xu, Dan Fitzpatrick, Lisa Hamilton, Ransi Somaratne, Rob Scott, Scott M Wasserman, C Stephen Djedjos
The effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs, including those that reduce cholesterol synthesis (statins) and those that reduce cholesterol absorption (ezetimibe), on cholesterol absorption and synthesis are well understood. PCSK9 inhibitors are a novel class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that robustly reduce LDL-C, but little is known about their effects on cholesterol absorption and synthesis. We evaluated how treatment with evolocumab, a fully human monoclonal IgG2 antibody to PCSK9, affects markers of cholesterol synthesis and absorption by measuring these markers in patients from an evolocumab clinical trial...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Titus W P van den Heuvel, Adam F Cohen, Robert Rissmann
In this article, we consider the new drugs approved for the European market in 2015. We present a summary of the new mechanisms of action introduced and highlight three new mechanisms of action with a potentially high future impact: PCSK9 inhibition (alirocumab (Praluent®) and evolocumab (Repatha®)) for hypercholesterolaemia, neprilysin inhibition (sacubitril in combination with valsartan (Entresto®)) for heart failure, and interleukin-5 inhibition (mepolizumab (Nucala®)) for asthma.
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Dave L Dixon, Cory Trankle, Leo Buckley, Eric Parod, Salvatore Carbone, Benjamin W Van Tassell, Antonio Abbate
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) plays an integral role in the degradation of low-density lipoprotein receptors (LDL-R), making it an intriguing target for emerging pharmacotherapy. Two PCSK9 inhibitors, alirocumab and evolocumab, have been approved and are available in the United States and European Union. However, much of the PCSK9 story remains to be told. The pipeline for additional pharmacotherapy options is rich with several compounds under development, using alternative strategies for inhibiting PCSK9...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Loretta Fala
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
John P Gibbs, J Greg Slatter, Ogo Egbuna, Michelle Geller, Lisa Hamilton, Clapton S Dias, Ren Y Xu, Jessica Johnson, Scott M Wasserman, Maurice G Emery
Evolocumab binds PCSK9, increasing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) receptors and lowering LDL-C. Target-mediated evolocumab elimination is attributable to PCSK9 binding. As circulating PCSK9 and LDL-C levels are primarily regulated by the liver, we compared evolocumab pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and safety in individuals with and without hepatic impairment. Open-label, parallel-group study evaluating the pharmacokinetics of evolocumab in hepatic-impaired (Child-Pugh Class A or B) or healthy adults...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Alon Eisen, Robert P Giugliano
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors are promising therapies that inhibit the degradation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors in the hepatocyte and thus increase LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) uptake from the blood. This review summarizes main findings in the field of PCSK9 inhibitors, from basic mechanism to clinical studies, and aims to provide a contemporary and practical overview of the clinical implication and future directions with PCSK9 inhibitors...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Alessandro Colletti, Giuseppe Derosa, Arrigo Fg Cicero
Hypercholesterolemia is one of the main risk factors for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. The treatment is based on the modification of the diet and lifestyle and if necessary on a pharmacological therapy. The most widely used drugs are the inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl coenzyme A reductase (statins); nevertheless, many patients do not reach optimal levels of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) even with maximal dosage of statins (eventually associated to ezetimibe) or present side effects, which do not allow them to continue the treatment...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Peter P Toth
Although many clinical trials and meta-analyses have demonstrated that lower serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels are associated with proportionately greater reductions in the risk of cardiovascular disease events, not all patients with hypercholesterolemia are able to attain risk-stratified LDL-C goals with statin monotherapy. Elucidation of the pathophysiology of genetic disorders of lipid metabolism (e.g., familial hypercholesterolemia) has led to the development of several novel lipid-lowering strategies, including blocking the degradation of hepatic LDL-C receptors that are important in LDL-C clearance, or the inhibition of apoprotein synthesis and lipidation...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Dirk J Blom, Michael J Koren, Eli Roth, Maria Laura Monsalvo, C Stephen Djedjos, Patric Nelson, Mary Elliott, Scott M Wasserman, Christie M Ballantyne, Rury R Holman
AIM: To examine the lipid and glycaemic effects of 52 weeks of treatment with evolocumab. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Durable Effect of PCSK9 Antibody Compared with Placebo Study (DESCARTES) was a 52-week placebo-controlled trial of evolocumab that randomized 905 patients from 88 study centres in 9 countries, with 901 receiving at least one dose of study drug. For this post-hoc analysis, DESCARTES patients were categorized by baseline glycaemic status: type 2 diabetes, impaired fasting glucose (IFG), metabolic syndrome (MetS) or none of these...
September 13, 2016: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
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September 12, 2016: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Enrico Agabiti Rosei, Massimo Salvetti
Control of lipid levels is one of the most effective strategies for cardiovascular (CV) event prevention. In fact, many clinical trials have clearly demonstrated that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering, primarily with statins, reduces major CV events and mortality. The evidence from these trials has been useful in designing the cholesterol treatment guidelines, which are mainly aimed at preventing and managing cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, available data indicate that a large proportion of patients fail to achieve lipid goals, and this is particularly frequent in patients at high or very high CV risk...
September 2016: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
Parth Shah, Charles J Glueck, Vybhav Jetty, Naila Goldenberg, Matan Rothschild, Rashid Riaz, Gregory Duhon, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: PCSK9 inhibitor therapy has been approved by the FDA as an adjunct to diet-maximal tolerated cholesterol lowering drug therapy for adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) with suboptimal LDL cholesterol (LDLC) lowering despite maximal diet-drug therapy. With an estimated ~24million of US hypercholesterolemic patients potentially eligible for PCSK9 inhibitors, costing ~ $14,300/patient/year, it is important to assess health-care savings arising from PCSK9 inhibitors vs ASCVD cost...
2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
Dhruv S Kazi, Andrew E Moran, Pamela G Coxson, Joanne Penko, Daniel A Ollendorf, Steven D Pearson, Jeffrey A Tice, David Guzman, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo
IMPORTANCE: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors were recently approved for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) or atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and have potential for broad ASCVD prevention. Their long-term cost-effectiveness and effect on total health care spending are uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of PCSK9 inhibitors and their potential effect on US health care spending...
August 16, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Robert S Rosenson, Terry A Jacobson, David Preiss, Stephen C Djedjos, Ricardo Dent, Ian Bridges, Michael Miller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Ioanna Gouni-Berthold, Olivier S Descamps, Uwe Fraass, Elizabeth Hartfield, Kim Allcott, Ricardo Dent, Winfried März
AIMS: Two anti-proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) monoclonal antibodies, alirocumab and evolocumab, have been approved for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia in certain patients. We reviewed data from Phase 3 studies to evaluate the efficacy and safety of these antibodies. METHODS: We systematically reviewed Phase 3 English-language studies in patients with hypercholesterolaemia, published between 1 January 2005 and 20 October 2015. Congress proceedings from 16 November 2012 to 16 November 2015 were also reviewed...
August 1, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Jacqueline L Cartier, Anne Carol Goldberg
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal co-dominant genetic disorder characterized by elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and increased risk for premature cardiovascular disease. It is under-diagnosed, yet early detection and treatment are critical to limit premature atherosclerotic disease. High-intensity statins are the mainstay of treatment, which should be started as early as possible in homozygous FH and as soon as the diagnosis of heterozygous FH is made in adults. Combination therapy is often necessary in FH patients and can include the addition of ezetimibe and bile acid sequestrants...
September 2016: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Muharrem Akin, Thomas Skripuletz, L Christian Napp, Dominik Berliner, Ibrahim Akin, Arash Haghikia, Elvan Akin, Johann Bauersachs
Statins are the most widely prescribed drugs to reduce serum low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by inhibiting 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase. LDL-C reduction is associated with a decreased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke. Statins reduce LDL-C by 30 to 40%, and the combination with other lipid-lowering agents such as ezetimibe leads to a further reduction by 20 to 25%. However, even the combination of these two agents might not be sufficient in high risk patients to require aggressive LDL-C reduction...
July 27, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
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