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New cholesterol drug proving successful

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The cholesterol drug Repatha has been shown to drastically cut levels of bad cholesterol. (KSBY photo) The cholesterol drug Repatha has been shown to drastically cut levels of bad cholesterol. (KSBY photo)

Patients who struggle with high levels of unhealthy cholesterol got some good news on Friday after a new drug was proven to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes by up to 20 percent.

The drug, called Repatha, is an injection given once or twice a month that works by slashing unhealthy LDL cholesterol by more than half, levels previously considered unthinkable.

"Now I think we have a new mindset for what it means to have a well-controlled LDL cholesterol, much lower than our current targets," said Dr. Marc Sabantin of Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Experts say the drug is best for people who are genetically predisposed to extremely high LDL, or those with a history of heart disease.  

Cardiologists not involved with the study say this is a big deal but caution it may be a big disappointment to insurers reluctant to pay for the pricey drug which costs $14,000 a year.

What the study hasn't yet proven is that people were less likely to die while on the drug. Researchers hope they'll be able to show that in time. 

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