Clinical evidence of statin therapy in non-dyslipidemic disorders

Nicola Ferri, Alberto Corsini

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The clinical benefits of statins are strongly related to their low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering properties. However, considering that the pharmacological target of statins, the 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-3-glutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, is one of the upstream enzyme of the mevalonate pathway, its inhibition may determine a substantial impoverishment of additional lipid moieties required for a proper cellular function. From this hypothesis, several experimental and clinical evidences have been reported indicating additional effects of statins beyond the LDL-C lowering, in particular anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. Thus statin therapy, indicated for hyperlipidemic patients for primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD) has begun to be considered effective in other diseases not necessarily linked to altered lipid profile. In the present review we summarized the current clinical evidence of the efficacy and safety profile of statins in a variety of diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, venous thromboembolism, liver diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome, and age-related macular degeneration. As discussed in the review, pending large, well designed, randomized trials, it is reasonable to conclude that there is no definitive evidence for the use of statins in the aforementioned diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-30
Number of pages11
JournalPharmacological Research
Publication statusPublished - Aug 19 2014


  • Liver diseases
  • Macular degeneration
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Statins
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Medicine(all)


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