FDA OKs monthly dosing option for Praluent

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a once-monthly dose form of the cholesterol drug Praluent.

The drug, co-developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi, first earned FDA approval in July 2015. The new once-monthly dose of the drug allows clinicians to offer a more personalized cholesterol treatment plan for patients, according to a news release.

Praluent sits at the center of a patent dispute filed October 2014 against Regeneron and Sanofi by Amgen, which makes the rival cholesterol drug Repatha. While a district judge blocked sales of Praluent Jan. 5 after Amgen won the patent lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals in February ruled the drugmakers could continue to sell the medication as they undergo the appeals process.

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