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  Debra Kush , Hyo-Soo Kim , Da Yi Hu , Ji Liu , Waheeda Sirah , Aditi Sapre , Christine McCrary , John F. Paolini and Darbie Maccubbin

Niacin has proven lipid-modifying efficacy and cardiovascular benefit; however, it is underused because of skin flushing, a process mediated primarily by prostaglandin D2 (PGD2). Laropiprant (LRPT), a PGD2 receptor (DP1) antagonist that mitigates niacin-induced flushing, has been combined with extended-release niacin (ERN) into a fixed-dose tablet containing 1 g of ERN and 20 mg of LRPT (ERN/LRPT 1 g). In a large-scale (n = not, vert, similar1600), multinational, 6-month study in dyslipidemic patients, ERN/LRPT 2 g produced superior lipid-modifying efficacy vs placebo, whether administered alone or with concomitant statins.

This Phase III, randomized, double-blind study evaluated the lipid-modifying efficacy of ERN/LRPT alone or added to ongoing statins in Asian patients with primary hypercholesterolemia or mixed hyperlipidemia.

After a 4-week placebo run-in, patients were randomized to ERN/LRPT 1 g (n = 322) or placebo (PBO; n = 324). After 4 weeks, the dose was advanced to 2 tablets/d (ERN/LRPT 2 g or PBO) for 8 additional weeks. End points included effects of ERN/LRPT 2 g vs PBO on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C; primary), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), triglyceride (TG), and other lipids/lipoproteins.

Relative to PBO, ERN/LRPT 2 g produced significant (P < .001) changes in LDL-C (−14.7%), HDL-C (15.9%), TG (−23.4%), LDL-C:HDL-C (−25.5%), non-HDL-C (−16.4%), apolipoprotein (Apo) B (−15.4%), and Apo A-I (5.3%) from baseline to week 12 in the total population. Similar results were observed in patients treated with ERN/LRPT alone or added to ongoing statin.

ERN/LRPT 2 g, administered alone or with a statin, produced significant improvements in multiple lipid/lipoprotein parameters in dyslipidemic Asian patients.

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