He says up to 700,000 patients in the UK with the highest cholesterol levels could benefit from the new drug, while remaining on statins. But in the long term, the jab could be offered to millions of people as an alternative to statins.
Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation said:
"Lowering your LDL or 'bad' cholesterol is a key goal in reducing your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. As it's injected twice a year, some patients may prefer to have this treatment rather than taking a pill every day. More work is needed to prove the long-term safety of the drug, but this could provide a significant advance in preventing heart and circulatory disease."