Aegera Therapeutics Announces Additional Lomitapide (AEGR-733) Phase III Data Demonstrates Significant Lowering of LDL Cholesterol with Promising Safety Profile
Published: Nov 16, 2009
BRIDGEWATER, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic disease, today announced additional data from its ongoing Phase III trial involving its lead cholesterol management compound, lomitapide (AEGR-733), which is a microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) inhibitor small molecule drug. The trial is designed to evaluate the long-term efficacy, safety and tolerability of lomitapide for the treatment of patients with Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), a rare and extremely serious condition resulting in severely elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), which leads to life-threatening cardiovascular events. Patients afflicted by this condition face a severely curtailed life expectancy and limited treatment options. The results of the trial continue to show that lomitapide significantly reduces patients’ LDL-C vs. baseline and that it is well tolerated and demonstrates a promising safety profile.