Injected anti-cholesterol drug on the horizon but simple natural molecule may be safer and more effective

This journalist has written about the new injectable PCSK9 inhibitors that promise to quell high cholesterol levels. [ July 28, 2015]  Pharmaceutical companies and cardiologists are wringing their hands at the opportunity of a new class of blockbuster drugs that will fill doctor’s offices and make billions of dollars.

But a simple natural molecule, beta cyclodextrin, sometimes used as a solvent in pharmaceutical drugs, when injected into animals completely abolishes atherosclerosis – the buildup of plaque in artery walls.  It is completely safe.  It works by increasing the disposal of cholesterol.   Better yet, it’s as cheap as dirt.  [Science Translational Medicine April 6, 2016]

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