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Injectable medication helps patients with high cholesterol


welcome back shatners they’re considered the gold standard when it comes to treating high cholesterol levels that can’t be controlled by diet or exercise and while statins may work for many not everyone can tolerate the side effects so in today’s health cast medical specialist Kristi Kruger looks at how these patients are benefiting from an injectable medication that many still don’t know about there was a time when peripheral artery disease started to rob Murray Zedek of the things he enjoyed doing it kind of changed my life because I couldn’t do a lot of walking I used to jog I was a runner his doctor prescribed an oral statin medication but Murray couldn’t tolerate the side-effects one and I went through every stat every every brand-name you could try I went through and I couldn’t take it that’s when dr. Paul Challenger suggested an injectable medication called repatha which is part of a class of drugs known as pcsk9 inhibitors it occurred to me that if we it was not a statin and if we could lower his bad cholesterol enough maybe his circulation his arteries would improve though these inhibitors have been on the market for years now the cost of the medication remains high which means insurance companies don’t want to pay for it and patients in need struggle to get it patients who are very much ideal candidates and very much in need for aggressive colors will only have been denied these drugs for reasons that are not clear through several appeals dr. Gellin jur was able to get Murray’s insurance company to cover the cost within a matter of weeks he was walking again with ease it’s been life-changing for me in that sense it made a big difference now drug manufacturers have programs to help offset the cost of these inhibitors which need to be taken in definitely this class of new drugs is only for patients who have dangerously high cholesterol levels that cannot be controlled by any other medication with your health cast today i’m kristy krueger

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