CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEGR), an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat severe lipid disorders, today acknowledged the publication of the National Lipid Association's (NLA) guidelines for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). There are six articles in total published in the April 2011 Journal of Clinical Lipidology summarizing the consensus opinion of the National Lipid Association's Expert Panel on Familial Hypercholesterolemia with respect to the prevalence of the disease and recommended clinical criteria for diagnosis and treatment of pediatric and adult patient populations across the spectrum of FH severity.
FH is a genetic disorder which results in severe elevations of blood cholesterol levels and increased risk of premature coronary heart disease. FH is among the most commonly occurring congenital metabolic disorders. The new guidelines set forth by the NLA provide specific clinical guidance for primary care clinicians and lipid specialists with the goal of improving care of patients with FH and reducing patients' elevated risk for coronary heart disease. The guidelines also de-emphasize the role and value of genetic testing to diagnose the disorder.
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals is currently in late-stage clinical development with their drug candidate, Lomitapide, to treat genetic lipid disorders. To view the full articles, please visit: http://www.lipidjournal.com/.
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