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New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Near FDA Approval

Two new drugs to help physicians better manage “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) have received approval this week from an FDA advisory panel. The FDA typically accepts those recommendations, so the drugs may soon be available for patient use. The new drugs – both injectables – are called alirocumab (brand name, Praluent), which received the panel’s … Read More

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Heart Guidelines Urge Increased Statin Use (Video)

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology’s new guidelines have taken a dramatic turn in their approach to treatment with cholesterol-lowering statin medications. The guidelines’ recommendations have changed to suggest physicians identify patients at high risk for heart disease and prescribe statins for them to reduce these risks. The new guidelines call for … Read More