New Drug May Safely Boost ‘Good’ Cholesterol

An experimental pill that boosts levels of “good” HDL cholesterol has cleared a major safety hurdle, renewing hopes of fighting heart disease in a new way.

Although the study of the drug, anacetrapib, was designed to look primarily at its safety, researchers say they were stunned by its dramatic effects on cholesterol levels.

“Our jaws dropped when we saw the 138% increase in HDL [over placebo]. And our jaws dropped even more when LDL went down by 40%,” compared with placebo, says study leader Christopher P. Cannon, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

via New Drug May Safely Boost ‘Good’ Cholesterol.

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