prav·​a·​stat·​in | \ ˈpra-və-ˌsta-tᵊn How to pronounce pravastatin (audio) \

Definition of pravastatin

: a drug C23H35NaO7 that inhibits the production of cholesterol in the body and is used to treat hypercholesterolemia

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Recent Examples on the Web Teva, Apotex, Glenmark and three other generic drug makers control nearly all of the pravastatin market, and Teva alone controls for more than half of it, according to the lawsuit. Katie Benner, New York Times, 7 May 2020 The statute of limitations on cases involving pravastatin is set to expire by the end of this month, and the grand jury for the generic drug pricing investigation is not meeting due to the pandemic. Katie Benner, New York Times, 7 May 2020 Until this controversy is resolved, some experts recommend switching to a less fat-soluble statin such as pravastatin or rosuvastatin (Canadian Pharmacists Journal, May 2015). Joe, The Seattle Times, 21 Jan. 2018 The authors of that study followed 5,800 patients for three years and found that pravastatin provided secondary, but not primary, prevention against cardiovascular events. Paula Span, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2018 Of the 56 million Americans who are considered candidates for drugs with names like simvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin and atorvastatin, just about half that number take them. Melissa Healy,, 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of pravastatin

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pravastatin

International Scientific Vocabulary pra- (of unknown origin) + -vastatin (as in lovastatin)

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prav·​a·​stat·​in | \ ˈprav-ə-ˌstat-ᵊn How to pronounce pravastatin (audio) \

Medical Definition of pravastatin

: a statin C23H35NaO7 that is administered orally to treat hypercholesterolemia

called also pravastatin sodium

— see pravachol


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