Evinacumab (Regeneron) appears to have a dramatic effect on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) with little or no LDL receptor activity, suggests a post hoc analysis of phase 3 trial data.
The results, which one expert described as a “game changer” for these patients, were presented at the European Atherosclerosis Society 2020 Virtual Congress on October 5, held online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The phase 3 ELIPSE trial showed that evinacumab, a human monoclonal antibody inhibitor of angiopoietin-like 3 (ANGPTL3), given intravenously every 4 weeks reduced LDL cholesterol levels in HoFH patients by an average of 47%.
As reported by theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology, the treatment, which was generally well tolerated, was also effective in the approximately one third of patients with minimal residual LDL receptor activity.
Now, Frederick Raal, MD, PhD, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South