This study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine 1991 Aug;151(8):1667-8
Study title and authors:
Lovastatin-induced lupus erythematosus.
Cardio-Diagnostic Clinique, Fairmont, WVa 26554.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1872674
This paper describes two patients; a 64-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, who developed a lupuslike syndrome due to lovastatin therapy. (Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage).
The lovastatin-induced lupus was completely reversed on withdrawal of the statin.
This suggests that lovastatin (Mevacor) may be associated with the onset of lupus.