American College of Cardiology Supports Lowering Drug Costs to Improve Access

Contact: Nicole Napoli,, 202-375-6523

WASHINGTON (Feb 11, 2019) -

American College of Cardiology President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, made the following statement on Sanofi and Regeneron’s decision to reduce the price of Praluent, a proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor used to treat adults whose high cholesterol is not controlled by diet or statin treatment.

"ACC is committed to helping physicians with access to care issues, and our goal is to make sure the highest risk patients have access to the care they need," said ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC. "Our updated cholesterol guideline, issued in November, underscores that drug costs should be factored in when determining the most appropriate treatment strategy for a patient, as cost can be a barrier to access. Sanofi and Regeneron’s efforts today and Amgen’s announcement last year to lower the cost of PCSK9s and increase transparency for patients is a big step toward removing barriers to access and improving heart health for many patients."

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