Bempedoic acid is a once-a-day oral medication that will be commercially known as Nexletol. The FDA approved it for use with a healthy diet and the maximum dose of statins a patient tolerates. Studies show the new drug can reduce what doctors call low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, what you may know as LDL, the "bad" cholesterol that can lead to heart problems or strokes.
Esperion, which is based in Ann Arbor, Mich., said the drug’s brand name will be Nexletol. Esperion also has applied to the FDA for approval of a combination pill of bempedoic acid and ezetimibe, a non-statin pill approved in 2002. In studies, the combination pill reduced cholesterol by about 38 to 44 percent, depending on whether a person was taking a statin and how much, the company said. The FDA decision is expected shortly.