New option to treat high cholesterol
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August

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many people take them to treat high cholesterol that can’t be controlled by diet and exercise statins have been around for decades and while they are effective not everybody can tolerate the side effects channel twos Lauren Freeman reveals a new class of drugs providing options for these patients there was a time when peripheral artery disease started to rob Murray Zedeck of the things he enjoyed doing it kind of changed my life because I couldn’t do a lot of walking I used to jog I was a runner his doctor prescribed an oral statin medication but Murray couldn’t tolerate the side-effects one and I went through every stat every every brand name you could try I went through and I couldn’t take it that’s when dr. Paul Challenger suggested an injectable medication called repatha which is part of a class of drugs known as pcsk9 inhibitors it occurred to me that if we it was not a statin and if we could lower his bad cholesterol enough maybe his circulation that his arteries would improve though these inhibitors have been on the market for years now the cost of medication remains high which means insurance companies don’t want to pay for it and patients in need struggle to get it patients who are very much ideal candidates and very much in need for aggressive cholesterol or we have been denied these drugs for reasons that are not clear through several appeals dr. Gellin jur was able to get Murray’s insurance company to cover the cost within a matter of weeks he was walking again with ease it’s been life-changing for me in that sense it made a big difference drug manufacturers have programs to help offset the cost of these drugs which need to be taken indefinitely this class of new drugs is only for patients who have dangerously high cholesterol levels that can’t be controlled by any other medications Lauren Freeman KPRC Channel 2 News


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