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Two new lipid-regulating drugs


▼Evolocumab (Repatha—Amgen Ltd) and ▼alirocumab (Praluent—Sanofi) are the first in a novel class of lipid-regulating drugs, proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors, to be licensed in the UK. Both drugs have marketing authorisation for the treatment of primary hypercholesterolaemia (heterozygous familial and non-familial) or mixed dyslipidaemia and are administered by subcutaneous injection.1–3 Here we consider the evidence for evolocumab and alirocumab in the management of primary hypercholesterolaemia and dyslipidaemias.

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