When I started to investigate Fluvastatin as an example of what’s present in different databases I thought it would be quite easy. Alas…not so…
The investigation got me as far as distinguishing different stereoforms in different databases and then asking the question is fluvastatin supposed to be the ACTIVE form of the compound or the trade name of the compound? i.e. Should the name apply only to the active stereoform or to what is shipped in the bottle? The answer appears to be… “yes”. It is both.
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists in their International Nonproprietary Name for fluvastatin the form as shown in the image below.
So according to the WHO fluvastatin is an enantiomeric pair, so the (3R,5S,6E) and (3S,5R,6E) pair. This coincides with the marketed drug form as on Dailymed here. This does not agree with what is listed on Wikipedia which shows the “active” stereoisomer.
So, I think the answer is “yes” it is both the marketed drug form as well as the active form. That makes retrieval of EXPLICIT answers from database searches difficult. What would you expect as a user if you searched on Fluvastatin? Both answers to show up?