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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN)  and French pharmaceutical company Sanofi (SNY)announced today that a joint Phase III trial of their cholesterol drug Praulent met targets. 

The drug effectively reduced cholesterol in people with a hereditary high-cholesterol disorder and lowered the need for an expensive procedure, called apheresis therapy, to diminish cholesterol levels, the Tarrytown, NY-based biotechnology company said in a statement.

Regeneron said approximately 93% of patients treated with Praulent experienced at least a 50% reduction in their apheresis procedures. 

Praulent was approved by regulators last year on the agreement that the companies continued studies of the drug with human subjects, according to MarketWatch

Shares of Regeneron were lower in mid-afternoon trading today. Sanofi stock was increasing in mid-afternoon trading on Monday. 

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