Jim Cramer -- Investors Should Be Patient on Regeneron Cholesterol Drug

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks are up Wednesday, so why are shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals  (REGN) down nearly 4%? 

"You're going to see this stock down badly today," TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-portfolio manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, said on CNBC's "Mad Dash" segment. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of Regeneron's cholesterol drug. 

Cramer noted there are concerns about whether the company's Praluent will gain the kind of massive success with prescription-writing doctors that investors desire when it will comes to market, likely later this year. 

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals REGN data by YCharts

People are cautious, particularly the doctors, Cramer said. It's no surprise they want to see more data before feeling comfortable enough to wirte a prescription. For the time being, approval for smaller population targets may be the course of action, according to a Bloomberg report. 

"This is totally expected," he continued, adding that Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR) will also suffer as a result of these concerns, due to its higher dependency on its cholesterol treatment. Shares are down nearly 22% today.

While the news seems bad, Cramer insists "this is business as usual" for biotechs like Regeneron, and investors need to realize this treatment is a new major category in the health care world. 

Sanofi
(SNY) will benefit from full-scale production of Praluent, too, since it is partnered with Regeneron on the drug, Cramer pointed out.

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At the time of publication, Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS had no position in companies mentioned.

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