statin

noun
stat·​in | \ ˈsta-tᵊn How to pronounce statin (audio) \

Definition of statin

: any of a group of drugs (such as lovastatin and simvastatin) that inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol and promote the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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Recent Examples on the Web The medicine, called Epanova, didn’t stand a very high likelihood of showing a benefit when combined with a statin for patients at risk of heart disease due to high levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol, Astra said in a statement Monday. Erin Roman, Bloomberg.com, "AstraZeneca Abandons Fish Oil Pill for Bad Cholesterol," 18 May 2020 Interchangeability gives providers and pharmacists the ability to switch out therapies at their discretion, like when a pharmacist receives a script for a brand-name statin but fills and dispenses the prescription with a generic one. Sean Mcgowan, STAT, "Five years on, biosimilars need support from all health care players," 6 Mar. 2020 Epanova didn't stand a very high likelihood of showing a benefit when combined with a statin for patients at risk of heart disease due to high levels of LDL cholesterol, Astra said Monday. Washington Post, "Away to add second chief executive after allegations of toxic work culture," 13 Jan. 2020 But a new advisory from the American Heart Association says that prescription omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce very high trigylceride levels by 20 to 30%, and the medications can be used safely in conjunction with statins. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Prescription omega-3s can help some heart patients," 19 Aug. 2019 The medicine, called Epanova, didn’t stand a very high likelihood of showing a benefit when combined with a statin for patients at risk of heart disease due to high levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol, Astra said in a statement Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "Biogen buys experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug from Pfizer," 13 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, patients often don't take their statins as directed. Dennis Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Poor circulation in legs? Statin meds may keep you living longer.," 9 Sep. 2019 People who have had a heart attack or stroke should take a statin. Dr. Tom Frieden, CNN, "What you can do right now to evade America's No. 1 killer," 22 Feb. 2020 Effective heart disease medicines, including statins for cholesterol and drugs for high blood pressure, have become much cheaper as generic options have hit the market. Washington Post, "Heart Drugs Are Having a Moment," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of statin

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for statin

from -statin (as in lovastatin)

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“Statin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statin. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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statin

noun
stat·​in | \ ˈstat-ᵊn How to pronounce statin (audio) \

Medical Definition of statin

: any of a group of lipid-lowering drugs (as lovastatin and simvastatin) that function by inhibiting a liver enzyme which controls the synthesis of cholesterol and by promoting the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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