DYSLIPIDAEMIA: The PCSK9 adventure — humanizing extreme LDL lowering

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PCSK9 inhibitors are the most potent LDL-cholesterol lowering drugs on the market. The latest cardiovascular outcome trials of these anti-PCSK9 monoclonal antibodies show positive results with fully-human antibodies, although with modest effect on major adverse cardiovascular events in patients who attain LDL-cholesterol target levels with statin therapy, whereas humanized antibodies are associated with the development of neutralizing antibodies.Refers to Ridker, P. M. et al. Cardiovascular efficacy and safety of bococizumab in high-risk patients. N. Engl. J. Med.http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1701488 (2017) | Ridker, P. M. et al. Lipid-reduction variability and antidrug-antibody formation with bococizumab. N. Engl. J. Med.http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1614062 (2017) | Sabatine, M. S. et al. Evolocumab and clinical outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease. N. Engl. J. Med.http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1615664 (2017)

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