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FDA approves drug to fight high cholesterol

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new cholesterol lowering medication. Esperion’s Nexletol is a once-daily tablet that is an alternati...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new cholesterol lowering medication. Esperion’s  Nexletol is a once-daily tablet that is an alternative for millions of patients that can’t take, or don’t respond well to statins.

The company says it’s the first oral non-statin drug approved in nearly two decades.

During studies, the drug reduced cholesterol in patients by an average of 18% when used with moderate or high intensity statins.

The new drug could become available as early as late March.