New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Cadila Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday said it has launched a drug under the brand name Belmore (Bempedoic acid) for the treatment of high LDL-cholesterol.

Bempedoic acid is a one-of-its-kind drug for the treatment of high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, also known as bad cholesterol which can lead to serious life-threatening heart complications due to blockage in blood vessels.

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"Belmore (bempedoic acid) provides additional benefits to patients, and all pre-launch studies have established this advantage. Belmore is one more addition to our fast-growing portfolio of indigenous innovations," Cadila Pharmaceuticals CEO for Domestic Prescription Business Jawed Zia said in a statement.

As per published data, more than 30 per cent of adults in urban areas and 20 per cent in rural areas in the country are suffering from the heart ailment.

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Statins are the group of drugs used to control LDL-cholesterol, but in more than 80 per cent of the patients, these drugs either do not give optimum control or are not tolerated.

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