Last update: January 2019
Alirocumab is recommended as an option for treating primary hypercholesterolaemia or mixed dyslipidaemia, only if LDL-C concentrations are persistently above the thresholds specified in the table below despite maximal tolerated lipid-lowering therapy1 and the company provides alirocumab with the discount agreed in the patient access scheme.
Table 1. Treatment groups and LDL-C thresholds for alirocumab prescribing (Adapted from NICE TA393)1
NICE recommended lipid-lowering pathway
Some patients with hypercholesterolaemia or mixed dyslipidaemia, including those with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia (HeFH), do not reach NICE-recommended LDL-C goals despite lifestyle changes and maximal treatment with standard therapy (statins with or without ezetimibe)2-4
NICE did not make separate recommendations for patients with statin intolerance. NICE considered that people who cannot take statins may have higher than average LDL-C levels, and therefore may meet the LDL-C thresholds needed to start treatment with alirocumab.
- The Technology Appraisal Guidance (TA393) for alirocumab was issued on 22 June 2016
* LDL-C concentrations must be persistently above defined thresholds
† High risk of cardiovascular disease is defined as a history of any of the following: acute coronary syndrome (such as myocardial infarction or unstable angina requiring hospitalisation), coronary or other arterial revascularisation procedures, coronary heart disease, ischaemic stroke, peripheral arterial disease.
‡ Very high risk of cardiovascular disease is defined as recurrent cardiovascular events or cardiovascular events in more than 1 vascular bed (that is, polyvascular disease).
Abbreviations: CVD, cardiovascular disease; LDL-C, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
- NICE (2016). Technology Appraisal Guidance (TA393). Available at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta393. Accessed August 2018.
- NICE (2015). Clinical Guideline (CG181) Cardiovascular disease: risk assessment and reduction, including lipid modification. Available at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg181. Accessed August 2018.
- NICE (2008). Clinical Guideline (CG71) Familial hypercholesterolaemia: identification and management. Available at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg71. Accessed August 2018.
- NICE. Technology appraisal guidance TA385. Ezetimibe for treating primary heterozygous-familial and non-familial hypercholesterolaemia. 2016. Available at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta385. Accessed August 2018.