LDL Cholesterol is a Key Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease, which Remains Singapore’s Leading Killer
Amgen's Breakthrough Treatment Will Help Patients Significantly Reduce LDL Cholesterol Levels
Singapore (July 3, 2017) – Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced the availability of Repatha® (evolocumab), the first PCSK9 inhibitor for lowering high cholesterol, in Singapore.
Repatha® is a new class of drugs called proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors. It is a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits PCSK9 from binding to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors. In the liver, this interaction enables our bodies to have more LDL receptors available to remove low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or “bad” cholesterol, from the blood.1
Elevated LDL-C is recognized as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD).2,3 CVDs, such as heart disease and stroke, are Singapore’s leading cause of death, accounting for 1 in every 3 deaths in 2015.4 CVDs also result in steep direct and indirect costs for patients. The average medical cost for an acute stroke is over S$22,000, which is the equivalent of almost two months of an average Singaporean family’s income.5
“While available treatments for other diseases are advancing in leaps and bounds, there hasn’t been much movement to address high cholesterol since the development of statin therapy in the late 1980s,” said Dr. Peter Yan Chee Hong, Consultant Cardiologist at Gleneagles Medical Centre. “Repatha® provides a new treatment option for patients who experience side effects while on statin therapy or remain unable to control their cholesterol levels.”
The key strategy to prevent heart disease is to improve the management of dyslipidemia.6 High elevated LDL-C, is the most common form of dyslipidemia, which leads to abnormally high levels of cholesterol and/or fats in their blood.7,8 Management of abnormal LDL-C is both extremely important and challenging.9
Data from clinical trials demonstrated that Repatha® resulted in up to 77% additional LDL-C reduction in patients receiving background statin therapy.10
“This is the first significant innovation in 30 years for cholesterol management, and we look forward to seeing how it will impact patient lives and help combat the rising burden of CVD,” said Raphael Ho, General Manager of Amgen Singapore. “Amgen has been growing its CVD research competency for more than a decade and we are committed to continue building a robust portfolio that addresses many of the unmet needs in high risk patients across Singapore.”
Approved by the Health Sciences Authority, the cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha® is indicated for: 11
Repatha® underlines the growing importance of using human genetics to address diseases such as CVD and heart disease – which have a large impact on our society as a whole, if left untreated.
Building on more than three decades of experience in developing biotechnology medicines for patients with serious illnesses, Amgen is dedicated to addressing important scientific questions to advance care and improve the lives of patients with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.
Amgen’s research into CVD, and potential treatment options, is part of a growing competency at Amgen that utilizes human genetics to identify and validate certain drug targets. Through its own research and development efforts, as well as partnerships, Amgen is building a robust cardiovascular pipeline consisting of several investigational molecules in an effort to address a number of today’s important unmet patient needs, such as high cholesterol and heart failure.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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About Repatha® (evolocumab)
Repatha® (evolocumab) is a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9).10 PCSK9 is a protein that targets LDL receptors for degradation and thereby reduces the liver's ability to remove LDL-C, or “bad” cholesterol, from the blood.1 Evolocumab, being developed by Amgen scientists, is designed to bind to PCSK9 and inhibit PCSK9 from binding to LDL receptors on the liver surface. In the absence of PCSK9, there are more LDL receptors on the surface of the liver to remove LDL-C from the blood.3
Repatha® is a prescription only medicine in Singapore. Please read the full Prescribing Information prior to administration and full prescribing information is available upon request.
About Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
FH is an inherited condition caused by genetic mutations which lead to high levels of LDL-C at an early age,12 and it is estimated that many people with FH (heterozygous and homozygous forms) are undiagnosed.13
Patients can have either one of two types of FH.12 Heterozygous FH is the more common type of FH and occurs in approximately one in 200 to 500 people.13 It can cause LDL-C levels twice as high as normal (e.g., >190 mg/dL or >4.9 mmol/L).14 Individuals with HeFH have one altered copy of a cholesterol-regulating gene.14 Homozygous FH is the rare, more severe form, occurring in approximately one in a million individuals.15 It can cause LDL-C levels more than six times as high as normal (e.g., 650-1,000 mg/dL or 16.8-25.9 mmol/L).13 An individual with HoFH has two altered copies of the same cholesterol-regulating genes (one from each parent).12
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