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Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 436 - 446

Ezetimibe/simvastatin compared with atorvastatin or rosuvastatin in lowering to specified levels both LDL-C and each of five other emerging risk factors for coronary heart disease: Non-HDL-cholesterol, TC/HDL-C, apolipoprotein B, apo-B/apo-A-I, or C-reactive protein

Michael H. Davidson, Nicola Abate, Christie M. Ballantyne, Alberico L. Catapano, Xia Xu, Jianxin Lin, Elizabeth Rosenberg and Andrew M. Tershakovec    



Recent evidence suggests that in addition to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apolipoprotein B (Apo-B), non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C), some lipoprotein ratios, and C-reactive protein (CRP) are predictive of coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. This post-hoc analysis of two trials comparing single-tablet ezetimibe/simvastatin (EZE/SIMVA) to atorvastatin (ATORVA) or rosuvastatin (ROSUVA) evaluates the proportion of patients attaining LDL-C <70 mg/dL and specific levels of these emerging risk factors.


These were double-blind, 6-week, parallel group trials of hypercholesterolemic patients randomized to milligram equivalent doses of ATORVA versus EZE 10 mg/SIMVA, or to usual starting, next higher, and maximum doses of ROSUVA versus EZE/SIMVA. This analysis examined the percent of patients in prespecified dose comparisons and overall achievement of LDL-C <70 mg/dL and/or Apo-B <90 mg/dL, total cholesterol (TC)/HDL-C <4.0, or Apo-B/Apo-A-I <0.7 among all treated patients, non-HDL-C <100 mg/dL among patients with baseline triglycerides ≥200 mg/dL, or CRP <2.0 mg/L among patients with baseline CRP ≥2.0 mg/L.


Within each trial, baseline characteristics were similar among groups. At all dose comparisons, significantly more patients receiving EZE/SIMVA reached LDL-C <70 mg/dL and achieved both LDL-C <70 mg/dL and either Apo-B <90 mg/dL, TC/HDL-C <4.0, or Apo-B/Apo-A-I <0.7 (EZE/SIMVA versus ATORVA) compared to ATORVA and ROSUVA. For most dose comparisons, significantly more patients receiving EZE/SIMVA attained both LDL-C <70 mg/dL and either non-HDL-C <100 mg/dL or CRP <2 mg/L compared to ATORVA or ROSUVA.


The greater efficacy related to changes in blood lipids of EZE/SIMVA compared with both ATORVA and ROSUVA extends to changes in many emerging risk factors. Ultimate clinical implications of these findings still need to be defined.

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