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BETTER THAN STATINS?

ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW DRUG THAT MIMICS A THYROID HORMONE MAY HELP IN LOWERING CHOLESTEROL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Statin medications are the most widely prescribed drugs for lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease as a result.  Now a drug called eprotirome studied at Johns Hopkins has proven to be as effective as doubling the dose of a statin medication in dropping cholesterol levels.  Paul Ladenson, study leader, describes the results.

LADENSON:  The importance of this work on eprotIrome is that it represents a proof of concept that a liver targeted thyroid hormone analog is highly effective at lowering cholesterol.  The second important message from this study is that one can develop a thyroid hormone analog that spares the heart, the skeleton and the pituitary gland from excessive thyroid hormone action.    :28

Ladenson says for folks who can’t take statin medications or who simply don’t respond, once approved by the FDA, eprotirome may help.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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