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Randomized Comparison of the Efficacy and Safety of Cerivastatin and Pravastatin in 1030 Hypercholesterolemic Patients


      To determine the relative efficacy and safety of cerivastatin and pravastatin in patients with type II hypercholesterolemia.


      In this prospective, doubleblind, parallel-group study, hypercholesterolemic patients were randomized to treatment with cerivastatin, 0.3 mg (n=250) or 0.4 mg (n=258), or pravastatin, 20 mg (n=266) or 40 mg (n=256), for 8 weeks.


      Cerivastatin, 0.3 mg, was significantly more effective than pravastatin, 20 mg, in reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol from baseline (-29.6% vs -26.8%; P=.008). Cerivastatin, 0.4 mg, was significantly more effective than pravastatin, 40 mg, in reducing LDL cholesterol (-34.2% vs -30.3%; P<.001). A larger proportion of cerivastatin-treated patients had greater than 40% reductions in LDL cholesterol than those receiving pravastatin (11.1% vs 6.0%). The percentage of patients who achieved the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) target was 71.3% with cerivastatin, 0.3 mg, compared with 67.5% with pravastatin, 20 mg, and 74.0% with cerivastatin, 0.4 mg, compared with 71.1% with pravstatin, 40 mg (no significant difference). Cerivastatin, 0.3 mg, reduced total cholesterol to a greater extent than did pravastatin, 20 mg (P<.03). Both agents reduced triglycerides and increased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to a similar degree (no significant differences). Cerivastatin and pravastatin were well tolerated.


      Cerivastatin, 0.3 mg and 0.4 mg, showed greater efficacy than pravastatin, 20 mg and 40 mg, respectively, in lowering LDL cholesterol. Cerivastatin is safe and effective for patients with hypercholesterolemia who require aggressive LDL cholesterol lowering to achieve NCEP-recommended targets.
      ALT (alanine aminotransferase), AST (aspartate aminotransferase), CHD (coronary heart disease), CK (creatine phosphokinase), ECG (electrocardiography), HDL (high density lipoprotein), HMG-CoA (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A), LDL (low-density lipoprotein), NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program), PVD (peripheral arterial vascular disease), ULN (upper limit of normal)
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