Clinical trial of methyl clofenapate (A derivative of clofibrate) in patients with essential hyperlipidaemias

With special reference to type II (primary) hyperlipidaemia
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        (1) Methyl clofenapate, a derivative of clofibrate, lowers the plasma cholesterol concentration and the Sf 02̄0 lipoprotein concentration in patients with Type II hyperlipoproteinaemia.
      • 2.
        (2) The responsiveness of Type II patients to clofenapate is not related to the presence or absence of hypertriglyceridaemia. Hence Type IIa cannot be distinguished from Type IIb on the basis of response to this drug.
      • 3.
        (3) Methyl clofenapate lowered serum triglycerides more markedly than serum cholesterol, and it lowered the Sf 20–400 lipoproteins in all the types of hyperlipidaemia studied (13 cases of Type II, 3 cases of Type III and 2 cases of Type IV).
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        (4) The drug has been withdrawn because of hepato-toxic effects in animals. Some rise in SGOT was demonstrated in the present study.
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        (5) Four patients experienced recurrences of myocardial infarction and slight increase in PBI may have been a contributory factor.


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