Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Observes Familial Hypercholesterolemia Awareness Day

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEGR), an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat debilitating and often fatal rare diseases, announced today its alliance with The FH Foundation in observance of the annual Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Awareness Day.

"We support The FH Foundation in their mission, and are committed to increasing awareness about familial hypercholesterolemia, a very serious and often undiagnosed disease that effects patients and their families," said Marc D. Beer, Chief Executive Officer of Aegerion.

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a serious, genetic condition, and one of the most common inherited disorders. A person with FH is unable to remove the cholesterol that our bodies naturally produce and as a result, their blood cholesterol levels increase significantly. There are two forms of the disease: in heterozygous FH (HeFH), the genetic defect causing the impairment is inherited from one parent; and in homozygous FH (HoFH), the defect is inherited from both parents. HoFH is the most severe form of the disorder.

To learn more about familial hypercholesterolemia, visit or see Dr. Pam Morris, a lipidologist at the University of South Carolina, discuss the disorder on "The Balancing Act."

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