Another one liner, this time from Heartwire:
The two new drugs, both of which are proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors, effectively lower LDL-cholesterol levels.
"If you're a cardiologist, you must not have a pulse if you're not excited" about the potential availability of the two new agents, Dr Amit Khera (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas) told heartwire from Medscape.
"For those of us who take care of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia [FH], this is just an amazing option," he said. "I know this seems like a small group of patients—one in 500—but it's really not all that small. There's also the advanced coronary artery disease patient who still has high lipids. It almost seems arcane in this modern era that we're just watching patients who have recurrent events and our hands are tied. I think this offers an incredible option for those people."
The hands tied option which caught my eye. I’m not sure if it was Pat Wall or Ronald Melzack, writing about chronic pain, who came up with the gem that “The best surgeon to consult for a chronic pain problem was one who had no arms”.
Nothing changes. We’ll have to wait to see the body counts.