Last updated on November 2019

Pravastatin to Prevent Preeclampsia


Brief description of study

This study is a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial of 1,550 high-risk women to assess whether daily treatment with pravastatin administered early in pregnancy reduces the rate of a composite outcome of preeclampsia, fetal loss and maternal death. Women with a prior history of preeclampsia with preterm delivery less than 34 weeks will be randomized to pravastatin or placebo daily until delivery. Women will have monthly study visits during pregnancy, a follow-up visit at 6 weeks postpartum and children will have follow-up visits at 2 and 5 years of age.

Detailed Study Description

Preeclampsia complicates approximately 3% to 5% of pregnancies and remains a major cause of maternal and neonatal morbidities and mortality. Women who experience preeclampsia in one pregnancy are at higher risk of developing preeclampsia in a subsequent pregnancy than those who have never experienced the condition. There is evidence from laboratory studies and clinical trials, as well as biological plausibility, to suggest that statins may prevent the development of preeclampsia by reversing various pathways associated with preeclampsia. Pravastatin has a favorable safety profile and pharmacokinetic properties.

The study is a randomized placebo-controlled multi-center clinical trial of 1,550 women with a prior history of preeclampsia that required delivery at less than 34 weeks, randomized to either 20mg pravastatin or an identical appearing placebo daily until delivery. Women with a singleton or twin gestation will be randomized between 12 weeks 0 days and 16 weeks 6 days will be followed monthly during pregnancy and then at 6 weeks postpartum. Children will have follow-up visits at 2 and 5 years of age to assess growth, cognition, behavior, motor skills, vision and hearing.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03944512

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