Bempedoic acid for heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia: From bench to bedside

Anandita Agarwala, Renato Quispe, Anne C. Goldberg, Erin D. Michos

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Bempedoic acid is a first-in-class, oral, inhibitor of cholesterol biosynthesis that is approved for use in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and for primary prevention in individuals with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Pooled data from the phase III clinical trials, CLEAR Harmony and CLEAR Wisdom, have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of bempedoic acid with regard to lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in patients with HeFH as an adjunct or alternative to currently existing lipid-lowering therapies. CLEAR Outcomes is a cardiovascular outcomes trial that is currently underway that will provide additional insight as to where bempedoic acid will fit into treatment regimens among the non-statin lipid-lowering therapy options. Patients who might particularly benefit from bempedoic acid are those with HeFH and those unable to take adequate doses of statins or take any statin therapy altogether who need additional LDL-C lowering. In this review, we will discuss the profile of bempedoic acid from its design, development, and its place in therapy for the management of LDL-C for the purposes of ASCVD prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1955-1963
Number of pages9
JournalDrug Design, Development and Therapy
StatePublished - 2021


  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
  • Bempedoic acid
  • Familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia
  • Lipids
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • Prevention


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