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Alirocumab: Pediatric First Approval

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posted on 2024-06-14, 22:42 authored by Connie Kang

  

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Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Connie Kang is a salaried employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to this article and are responsible for its content.

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Abstract 

Alirocumab (Praluent®), a proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor that has been co-developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi (formerly sanofi-aventis), is approved globally for use in adults with established cardiovascular disease, primary hyperlipidemia [including heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH)]. In November 2023, based on clinical data in patients aged 8–17 years, alirocumab received its first pediatric approval in the EU as an adjunct to diet alone, or in combination with a statin and/or other low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)-lowering therapies, in pediatric patients aged ≥ 8 years with HeFH. Alirocumab was approved a few months later in the US for use as an adjunct to diet and other LDL-C-lowering therapies in pediatric patients aged ≥ 8 years with HeFH to reduce LDL-C. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of alirocumab leading to this first pediatric approval for HeFH.


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