Novartis will manufacture the anti-cholesterol medicine Leqvio at the company’s own plant in Austria to supply the United States as the Swiss drugmaker seeks U.S. approval that has been delayed by regulatory concerns over a contractor’s Italian facility.

Speculation regarding poorer outcomes for those with high cholesterol and/or heart disease infected with SARS-CoV-2 are well known. A real-world study published by the FH Foundation confirms Covid-19 increased heart attack rates significantly in patients with these conditions. 

Amryt inked an all-stock acquisition deal with Chiasma. The combined company will focus on rare and orphan diseases with three marketed products and a strong development pipeline.

Novartis said on Tuesday that a large British study of the Swiss drugmaker’s cholesterol-lowering medicine Leqvio is not expected to be completed until 2026, a year later than expected, as Covid-19 infections made participant recruitment difficult.

In a long-running court battle over PCSK9 antibodies, Amgen lost the company’s bid to uphold patent claims for the cholesterol drug Repatha against rival drug Praluent, developed by Sanofi and Regeneron.

BioSpace reviewed the top 10 novel drug approvals of 2020, loosely based on projected earnings in the upcoming years.

AstraZeneca is selling European rights (excluding Spain and the UK) to the erstwhile blockbuster cholesterol drug Crestor to German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal as the British drugmaker focuses on cancer treatments.

Results of Viking Therapeutics’ metabolic disease program exceed all other oral therapies in development in terms of reducing liver fat for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients, according to Greg Zante, the company’s SVP of finance.

Swiss drugmaker Novartis grabbed a key European panel’s recommendation for Leqvio, clearing the way for the prospective cholesterol drug’s approval in the next couple of months.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted Copenhagen, Denmark-based Orphazyme’s New Drug Application (NDA) for arimoclomol for the treatment of Niemann-Pick disease Type C.