ORLANDO – should set the stage for broader use of the PCSK9-inhibitor in certain high-risk patients, Gabriel Steg, MD, said in a video interview at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.
The findings from the 3-year trial are threefold: First, the trial met its primary goal, significantly lower major adverse cardiovascular events and 15% lower mortality in alirocumab-treated patients compared with those on placebo; second, the effect was greater in patients who started with an LDL level above 100 mg/dL; and third, alirocumab was remarkably safe, said Dr. Steg, director of the coronary care unit of Bichat Hospital in Paris.
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“We now have good reason to target a lower LDL range of at least less than 50 mg/dL, and possibly even lower, using PCSK9 inhibitors to get the benefits we’re seeing in the trial applied to broader groups of patients,” he added.
SOURCE: Steg G ACC 18.
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