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J Int Med Res. 1999 May-Jun;27(3):107-14.

Biopharmaceutical profile of cerivastatin: a novel HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor.

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Bayer AG, Wuppertal, Germany.


The biopharmaceutical properties of cerivastatin were evaluated in a series of worldwide clinico-pharmacological studies. Young healthy males aged 18-45 years were randomized to receive 0.05-0.8 mg cerivastatin orally, given either as single or multiple once-daily doses under fed or fasting conditions in the morning, with evening meal or at bedtime. Following administration, cerivastatin was rapidly and almost completely absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract (> 98%), with maximum plasma concentrations (Cmax) reached at 2-3 h post dose. The plasma concentration/time profile of the tablet is similar to an aqueous oral solution (relative bioavailability is 100%). The dose-proportionality of cerivastatin (0.05-0.8 mg) in area under the curve and Cmax showed low intra- and interindividual variability. The effect of food (single-dose studies testing administration of cerivastatin with a high-fat meal and clinical investigations in patients) or time of administration (single- and multiple-dose once-daily/twice-daily studies) had no clinically relevant effects on the pharmacokinetics of cerivastatin. Marketed tablet strengths and drug formulations from different sources were found to be bioequivalent. Cerivastatin is a noncomplicated drug with respect to its biopharmaceutical profile and bioavailability.

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