Dyslipidemia refers to abnormalities in lipids and lipoproteins in the circulation and is a key modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. The most common lipid abnormalities include elevated levels of LDL-cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels. Statins are firmly established as first-line treatment for most patients with dyslipidemia, owing to their proven CV benefits, physician familiarity with the class, and the increased availability of low-priced generic options. However, a lack of high-quality CV outcomes trial data has weakened physicians’ confidence in many nonstatin drug classes, particularly those agents that lower triglyceride levels. Nonetheless, physicians recognize that many statin-treated patients have residual CV risk and consequently use additional therapies, including the efficacious but expensive proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors. This report explores the current EU5 prescribing landscape for dyslipidemia and the factors that influence it.
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Geographies:France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Primary research:128 cardiologists and 128 endocrinologists, with 51 respondents in France, 50 in Germany, 51 in Italy, 53 in Spain, and 51 in the United Kingdom.
Key drugs covered: Repatha (evolocumab), Praluent (alirocumab), statins, fibrates, ezetimibe (Zetia, generics), prescription omega-3 fatty acid compounds.