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NHS to trial twice-yearly injection alternative to statins

Cardiovascular disease is the world's biggest killer, as well as the second biggest cause of death in the United Kingdom with over three million people suffering from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

The contract additionally requires a United Kingdom clinical trial, based on proprietary NHS data, to identify sufferers susceptible to heart illness for whom conventional therapy has not worked, as well as a collaboration on the manufacture of cutting-edge drugs like inclisiran, which targets "unhealthy cholesterol", an offender behind heart assaults and strokes. If successful, the cholesterol lowering treatment is expected to be made available through a "population-level agreement".

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said he was "determined to find ways to save as many lives as possible, and to do my best to stop awful conditions like heart disease from taking people from their family and friends far too soon".

The clinical trial will utilise NHS data to identify patients across the country who are at risk of heart disease, and who have had no luck with conventional treatment regimens, including statins.

He continued to say that the partnership is "fantastic news and is a huge stride forwards in helping to achieve this".

Heart problems causes 46 cases the gathering of deaths and 11 cases the disease burden precipitated by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria mixed in Europe, in step with the World Successfully being Group.

It will also be put through the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's (NICE) approval programme at the earliest opportunity possible and NHS England will agree a population-level commercial arrangement with the company to make it widely available to patients as soon as 2021.

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"This innovative and groundbreaking collaboration could transform the health outlook of tens of thousands of people suffering from heart disease, by bringing together in a unique combination our ability to organise large-scale clinical trials, to address highly complex manufacturing issues, and to reach a large population of patients", he said.

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "If inclisiran lives up to its promise, the NHS will be able to rapidly adopt the drug, which would maximise lives saved".

The Swiss pharma giant is now investigating the bi-annual injection in a Phase III trial, with expected European Medicines Agency (EMA) regulatory filing as a preventative add-on treatment to statins for patients who have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease later this year.

Our unprecedented collaboration with Novartis, is proof that the United Kingdom continues to be the world-leading destination for revolutionary healthcare.

This Government will always help the NHS reach its full potential.

Novartis has announced its intent to collaborate with the National Health Service (NHS) England to develop and improve the manufacturing of cardiovascular therapeutics in the UK.

We will also collaborate with industry experts, academics and doctors to look into how the United Kingdom can become a pioneer for this type of treatment.

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