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Hyperlipidemia Therapeutics Pipeline is Driven by High Unmet Need

Published Date:   January 2018

Hyperlipidemia therapeutics currently exhibits a strong pipeline with 53 drug candidates, P&S Intelligence.

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Hyperlipidemia Therapeutics Pipeline in 2018

Hyperlipidemia refers to elevated amount of lipids and cholesterol in the bloodstream. The two major types of lipid abnormalities are characterized by either high blood levels of triglycerides (known as hypertriglyceridemia) or high blood cholesterol levels (known as hypercholesterolemia). Hyperlipidemia is often associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease and strokes. The study analyzed that hyperlipidemia therapeutics pipeline comprises 53 drug candidates in different stages of development.

Insights on Pipeline Segments

According to the research findings, a majority of the drug candidates for the treatment of hyperlipidemia are being developed to be administered by the oral route, which is convenient to take, and has been considered as non-invasive, often safer route that requires no special training to the patients.

Hyperlipidemia Therapeutics Pipeline is Driven by High Unmet Need

Hyperlipidemia increases cardiovascular risks and lowering elevated Low-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (LDL-C) remains a significant unmet need. Statins are the standard of care available for patients with hypercholesterolemia and are highly effective at lowering LDL-C, with well-documented benefits. However, it is unable to achieve a permanent treatment care for all subset of patients.

A significant subset of patients is unable to tolerate statins due to adverse events, including muscle pain or weakness, increased glucose levels, and in rare and extreme cases, muscle breakdown, kidney failure, and death. Additionally, patients with Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) who require additional LDL-C lowering on top of maximally tolerated statin therapy represent a high-risk patient population with an important unmet medical need.

Hyperlipidemia Therapeutics Pipeline Involves Drug Candidates with Novel Target

It has been observed that most of the companies are developing drug candidates that involves novel target. Also, the drug candidates have showed positive efficacy in the clinical as well as Pre-Clinical stage of development. For instance, Inclisiran is under the Phase III stage of development by The Medicines Company for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. The drug candidate is an RNAi that targets proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) protein and RNA interference. It was found that Inclisiran cause sustained reductions in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels over the course of 84 days in healthy volunteers.

Similarly, LY3015014 is under the Phase II stage of development by Eli Lilly and Company that target PCSK9 protein inhibitor. DCR-PCSK9 is a Pre-Clinical drug candidate of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Some of the key players involved in the development of hyperlipidemia therapeutics include Novartis AG, Eli Lilly and Company and Merck & Co. Inc.

Hyperlipidemia Therapeutics Pipeline Analysis

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