Questions for a New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

November 15, 2013 2:52 AM

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Questions for a New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

The products that stand to gain the most from the new advice, statin drugs, are mostly sold as inexpensive generics and bring in relatively little revenue for the major pharmaceutical companies. Brand-name drugs that don’t fare as well in the guidelines, like Zetia by Merck and Vytorin, were already viewed with skepticism.

“From a Wall Street perspective, we don’t pay any attention anymore to statins,” said Mark Schoenebaum, a pharmaceutical analyst for the ISI Group. The focus instead, he said, “is on the next generation of still-unapproved drugs.”

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