The transfer of pravastatin in the dually perfused human placenta

J. Zarek, M. K. DeGorter, A. Lubetsky, R. B. Kim, C. A. Laskin, H. Berger, G. Koren

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HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) are contraindicated during pregnancy. However, it has been suggested that the hydrophilic property of pravastatin prevents its placental transfer to the fetus, explaining neutral effects observed in controlled studies. Using the ex-vivo placental perfusion model, placental transfer of pravastatin (50 ng/ml) was determined. The mean maximum fetal concentration was 4.4 ng/ml. The transfer of pravastatin's across the placenta appears to be limited and slow. Combined with its rapid elimination half-life of 2 h and 50% protein binding, the transfer of pravastatin from maternal to fetal compartments is substantially more limited than observed in the perfusion experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-721
Number of pages3
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cholesterol
  • Placental perfusion
  • Pravastatin
  • Pregnancy
  • Teratogenic


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