Amgen cholesterol drug appears safe, cut LDL 52 percent at 1 year: study

November 19, 2013 11:31 PM

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Amgen cholesterol drug appears safe, cut LDL 52 percent at 1 year: study

DALLAS (Reuters) - Amgen Inc's experimental heart medicine from a closely watched new class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors lowered "bad" LDL cholesterol 52 percent after one year with no major increase in serious adverse side effects compared with standard drugs, such as statins, according to data from a study.

The clinical trial of the drug, evolocumab, marks the first data looking at 52 weeks of use for the new class of injectable biotech medicines seen as potentially the biggest advance in the field of cholesterol therapy in many years.

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