FDA Panel Recommends Approval of New Cholesterol Drug

The battle against high cholesterol levels never ends for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, having high cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for developing heart disease.

Since that ailment kills more Americans than any other cause of death, it’s clear why pharmaceutical manufacturers are anxious to push through any new drugs that might lower cholesterol and significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.

Here’s what you should know about the latest developments in the fight against high cholesterol.

Combating Cholesterol

A New Cholesterol Drug

An FDA panel has recommended that the agency approve drugs that can significantly lower LDL cholesterol, commonly called bad cholesterol. The drug is being tested by multiple manufacturers under names like Sanofi and alirocumab.

Although the panel has recommended approval of these drugs, the FDA is not obligated to agree with their decision. The overall agency may decide to delay approval. Still, this is an exciting development in the fight against high cholesterol!

Clinical Trials Not ConcludedLDL Cholesterol

The approval recommendation was not unanimous as three members voted against it. Dissenters stressed the need for the data that will be collected when the clinical trials for the drugs conclude in 2017. Still, the initial results are so promising that a vast majority of the panel’s members are willing to move forward with approving the drugs.

Promising Results

Initial results from the ongoing clinical trials suggest that these drugs may lower cholesterol by as much as 40 to 65 percent. Moreover, study participants do not seem to be experiencing any adverse side effects. If the drugs are approved, they may only be available to certain segments of the population, such as people who have significantly high risk factors for heart disease.

Cholesterol Testing in Kansas City

It remains to be seen if this cholesterol medication will be approved and become available to the masses. Until then, the best thing individuals can do to ensure healthy cholesterol levels is getting regular cholesterol testing.

Our Overland Park facility offers quick, convenient cholesterol testing. Come in at any time, no appointment or doctor’s orders needed, and we can get you results.

To get started, stop in ARCpoint Labs of Overland Park today or call (913) 815-0988!

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