GENEVA (AP) — Swiss drug maker Roche Holding AG has ended development of a cholesterol drug that it had hoped could achieve blockbuster status.

Basel-based Roche announced Monday it is pulling the plug on dalcetrapib, which was in late-stage trials to study if it could increase so-called "good" cholesterol.

The company said in a statement the decision was based on the recommendation of its independent data and safety monitoring board.

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