Repatha™ (evolocumab) Now Approved in the EU

European Commission Approves Amgen's New Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Repatha™ (Evolocumab), the First PCSK9 Inhibitor to be Approved in the World, for Treatment of High Cholesterol

Critical Milestone for Patients With Uncontrolled Cholesterol who Require Additional Intensive LDL-C Reduction

July 21, 2015

Amgen today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for Repatha™ (evolocumab), the first proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor to be approved in the world, for the treatment of patients with uncontrolled cholesterol who require additional intensive low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) reduction.

Repatha is a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits PCSK9, a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove LDL-C, or "bad" cholesterol, from the blood.1 Elevated LDL-C is an abnormality of cholesterol and/or fats in the blood,2,3 and is recognized as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD).4,5

The EC approved Repatha for:

  • The treatment of adults with primary hypercholesterolemia (heterozygous familial and non-familial [HeFH]) or mixed dyslipidemia, as an adjunct to diet:
    • in combination with a statin or statin with other lipid-lowering therapies in patients unable to reach LDL-C goals with the maximum tolerated dose of a statin, or
    • alone or in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies in patients who are statin-intolerant, or for whom a statin is contraindicated.
  • The treatment of adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies.

The effect of Repatha on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not yet been determined.

Key Highlights

  • Repatha is the first PCSK9 inhibitor to be approved by any regulatory agency in the world.
  • More than 60 percent of high-risk patients in Europe are still unable to adequately lower their LDL-C levels with statins or other currently approved lipid-lowering agents. Among very high-risk patients, the percentage is increased to more than 80 percent.6
  • The health care cost of CVD in the European Union (EU) is approximately €106 billion per year.7
  • The adverse event profile for Repatha was comparable overall to that of the control groups. 8-14 The most common adverse reactions that occurred in greater than or equal to 2 percent of the Repatha group, and more frequently than in the control group, were nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, back pain, arthralgia, influenza and nausea.

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Please consult the Summary of Product Characteristics for full safety information.

Repatha™ is not approved in the U.S.


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