(Bloomberg) -- UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s Oxford unit, which runshealth plans in the northeastern U.S., will favor Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s newcholesterol-cutting shot over a similar treatment madeby Amgen Inc.

Oxford covers about 1.2 million people, according to datacompiled by Bloomberg.

Its patients will have to take Sanofi and Regeneron’s injectionPraluent for 12 weeks without sufficient effect or have a historyof not being able to tolerate the drug before the insurer willcover Amgen’s drug Repatha, the company said in an update postedonline. The policy takes effect on Jan. 1.

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