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Editor's Correspondence
November 26, 2001

Other Reports of Cerivastatin-Induced Rhabdomyolysis

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(21):2629. doi:

Garcia-Valdecasas-Campelo et al1 report a case of acute rhabdomyolysis associated with the administration of cerivastatin. The authors state that no previous reports of cerivastatin-induced rhabdomyolysis have been documented in the medical literature. However, a MEDLINE search conducted in April 2001 revealed multiple case reports of cerivastatin-induced rhabdomyolysis published prior to this report.2-7 Similar to the report of Garcia-Valdecasas-Campelo and colleagues, 4 of the 6 additional reports involve patients receiving concomitant therapy with cerivastatin and gemfibrozil.2,3,5,6 The 2 remaining reports document the development of rhabdomyolysis in patients receiving cerivastatin with cyclosporine4 and cerivastatin with the influenza vaccine.7