How and When to Consider a PCSK9 Inhibitor in Practice

Released On
December 19, 2018

Expires On
December 19, 2019

Media Type

Completion Time
30 minutes


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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) by Horizon CME and The National Lipid Association. Horizon CME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Sanofi US and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This CME activity will target Lipidologists, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists, Primary Care Providers (MDs/DOs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Physician Assistants (PAs), other healthcare providers who practice in a primary care setting.

Program Overview

Learners consider the care and recognize potential suboptimal treatment approaches or cholesterol management strategies.

Relevant Terms

PCSK9 inhibitors; non-statin therapy; LDL-C; lipid-lowering therapy; hypercholesterolemia

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the latest clinical trial data on PCSK9 inhibitors in reducing cardiovascular events in patients with hypercholesterolemia.
  • Discuss the optimal LDL-C goal for patients with hypercholesterolemia at increased risk for cardiovascular events.
  • Select appropriate patients for nonstatin lipid-lowering therapy.
  • Recognize common reasons for PCSK9 inhibitor denial and implement a team-based approach to improve patient access.


P. Barton Duell, MD, FNLA, FAHA

Director, Lipid Disorders Clinic and LDL Apheresis
Director, Lipid-Atherosclerosis Laboratory
Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Clinical Nutrition
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon

Christopher Paul Cannon, MD

Executive Director, Cardiometabolic Trials,
Harvard Clinical Research Institute
Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the providership of Horizon CME. Horizon CME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Horizon CME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How To Claim Credit

Statement of credit will be available to print from your user history page.

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures.
  • Participate in the activity.
  • Complete the post-test and activity evaluation.
  • Physicians who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive CME credit. You must score with an 75% or higher on the post-test to receive credit for this activity.
  • All other participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation.

Learner Assurance Statement

Horizon CME requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to influence the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) which may arise as a result of prospective faculty members' relevant relationships with drug or device manufacturer(s). Horizon CME is committed to resolving all conflicts of interest and retaining only those speakers with financial interest conflicts that can be reconciled with the goals and educational integrity of the CME activity.

Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Cannon has served on Advisory Boards for Alnylam, Amarin, Amgen, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Eisai, Janssen, Kowa, Merck, Pfizer, Regeneron, and Sanofi. He has received funds for contracted research from Amgen, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Sqibb, Daiichi Sankyo, Janssen, and Merck.

Dr. Duell has served on Advisory Boards for Akcea, Esperion, Sanofi, Kastle, and RegenxBio. Oregon Health and Science University has received grant funding for contracted research from Esperion, Regeneron and Retrophin.

Other Contributor/Planner Disclosures

Michael D. Shapiro, DO, FACC, FSCCT provided external review for this activity. Dr. Shapiro has served on an Advisory Board for Esperion and Novartis

Additional non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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