Phase III Boost For Esperion But Does It Own Its Destiny?
Esperion will be allowed to enroll patients on high dose statins into the Phase III pivotal trial of its cholesterol lowering drug bempedoic acid, but with competing products ahead in the race, the product faces an uphill battle for market share even if it does garner approval.
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Unlike Amgen's FOURIER study of Repatha, which disappointed investors with a lower magnitude of benefit than expected, Esperion's outcomes trial of bempedoic acid will be done in patients with higher baseline LDL and will be much longer.
Amgen has already reported the positive topline result of its FOURIER cardiovascular outcomes trial for its PCSK9 inhibitor Repatha, but analysts from Datamonitor Healthcare and Biomedtracker lay out the reasons to check out the full results and other highlights at the upcoming American College of Cardiology meeting.