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Cutting edge in cardio – A not-so tough pill to swallow!


Merck is at the forefront of cardiovascular innovation with MK-0616, a groundbreaking cholesterol-lowering pill. Unlike injectable options, MK-0616 offers a more convenient route to manage cholesterol-related heart risks by targeting PCSK9, a crucial cholesterol regulator.


Positive results from a mid-stage study involving 381 adults demonstrated MK-0616's potential, achieving impressive reductions of 40% to 60% in LDL cholesterol levels over eight weeks with no notable increase in side effects.


This medication holds the promise of transforming heart health management, potentially helping to reshape cardiovascular care. The first two of three pivotal Phase 3 studies are expected to wrap up by 2025, with third extending until 2029. Stay tuned for the latest on MK-0616's journey in cardiovascular medicine.


Written by Andrea Brumwell

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