Statins are a group of lipoproteins that
are used in medicine to treat the high cholesterol level. The effectiveness
of statins in reducing the cholesterol level is significant and in long time
scale the reduction of the cholesterol level helps to avoid the incidence
of degenerative diseases. Simvastatin and lovastatin are belonging to the
‘statins’ family, one of the pharmacologic groups used in the
control of dislipidemy. The objective of this work is the thermal stability
and kinetic study of the active forms of simvastatin and lovastatin.
Thermal data indicated that lovastatin and simvastatin are stable up
to 190 and 170°C in air and up to 205 and 203°C in nitrogen, respectively.
For melting temperatures DSC curves showed good correlation with the literature
data. Comparing the activation energies of the statins at heating rate of
10°C min–1, lovastatin is more stable
than simvastatin under the applied experimental conditions.