Cholesterol can become less of a problem. Leqvio, the new drug from Novartis, arrives in Spain with the approval of the Ministry of Health, becoming the first and only therapy to reduce cholesterol with two doses per year.
In this way, the Swiss pharmaceutical company reaffirms its commitment to reimagine the approach to cardiovascular diseases to explore innovative access models and improve the lives of patients, according to the company statement.
In Spain, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death; Specifically, they are responsible for one in four deaths. According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), 119,196 people died in 2021 due to these diseases, 26.4% of the total deaths. In addition, cardiovascular diseases were also the first cause of hospitalization (12.9%) in 2021, with a total of 582,446 admissions to public hospitals.
Dr. Carlos Guijarro Herraiz, president of the Spanish Atherosclerosis Society (SEA), has highlighted that “the abandonment of chronic treatments with proven preventive efficacy is a serious problem in vascular disease.”
The manager added that “the availability of a powerful lipid-lowering treatment with sustained efficacy with only two administrations per year offers an extraordinary opportunity to promote adherence to treatment and, therefore, improve cardiovascular prognosis.”
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Novartis has acquired global rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize Leqvio
Leqvio is approved for the treatment of primary hyperlipidemia as an adjunct to diet and statin therapy at the maximum tolerated dose to lower LDL-C. The drug is administered by subcutaneous injection with a starting dose, another dose after three months, and then a maintenance dose every six months. Leqvio is approved in more than 60 countries around the world, including the United States and the European Union.
Novartis has acquired global rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize Leqvio under a licensing and collaboration agreement with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, which is a leader in RNA interference-based therapies.
The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis obtained a net profit of $6,.37 million (€6 million) in the first nine months of 2023, which represents an increase of 16% compared to the profits recorded in the same period of the previous year, according to a company statement.
When discounting the effect of the spin-off of the generic subsidiary Sandoz, which was completed in October by Novartis, the multinational’s net profit until September increased by 25% annually, to $5.93 million (€5.9 million).
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